iPhone MMS Update RELEASED: AT&T Activates Picture, Video Messaging, Get Download Here (PHOTOS)

11/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE: MacRumors announced that AT&T
has activated MMS for iPhone 3G and 3GS users.

3G iPhone users in the U.S. will finally be receiving Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) through an upgrade by AT&T. By downloading a patch from iTunes, AT&T 3G iPhone owners are now able to quickly send pictures and videos to their friends, like they send text messages (See the picture below).

Get step by step instructions for downloading the new MMS update at TheiPhoneBlog. iTunes also has extensive, illustrated instructions on carrier settings updates on its Apple support page.

AT&T Users can check the status of the update through AT&T's Facebook page, or by following the Twitter feed below.

The blogosphere has been blogging with speculation over whether the extra data burden posed by MMS could cripple AT&T's network.

DSL Report has the inside scoop from AT&T:

According to the source, AT&T is "very" nervous about the launch and is requesting their MMS aggregator partners provide hourly updates on any message delays or problems. AT&T and its MMS partners are already seeing "record traffic during peak hours of the night" with just the users selected for testing.

That early testing has been a little rocky, with AT&T seeing a fairly significant test outage yesterday that has them rushing to beef up their MMSC messaging servers. Estimates among those working on the project are that traffic on AT&T's wireless network will be about 40% higher all day on Friday as iPhone users fire pictures and video at one another.

PC World argues that the fears of an AT&T crash are misplaced -- MMS has been popular, but not that popular.

In 2008, MMS made up just 2.5 percent of all messages sent from phones worldwide, meaning about 97.5 percent were SMS text messages, according to ABI Research. ABI expects the MMS share to grow to just 4.5 percent by 2014.

Given the amount of data that iPhone fans are already using on AT&T's network, for Web browsing, video, e-mail and social networking, it would take quite a popularity breakthrough for MMS to drag down the infrastructure through sheer traffic, analysts said. However, the carrier's fears in one respect may have been justified, said ABI analyst Dan Shey.

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