O2 iPhone MMS problems using firmware 3.0

Checking out the twittersphere, and still LOVING real time search,  (which i spoke about in my SMX Presentation btw). I found that quite a lot of people have upgraded their iPhones to firmware 3.0. When i say “quite a lot of people” i actually mean Apple fanatics that have been tweeting up to a bazillion messages an hour, counting down the seconds until Apple released firmware 3.0. I would be one of those people but i am waiting to see what the iPhone Dev Team release until i take my next steps 😉

Source: http://www.thebitsource.com/

Source: http://www.thebitsource.com/

Anyway, a lot of people have been upgrading in the UK and trying out the MMS on the iPhone. It seems the majority of people have been having problems so i have gathered some info from around the net that may answer your questions.

In a blog post i wrote last November about How to get MMS working on the iPhone with O2 i stated that iPhone contracts aren’t set up to actually send the MMS message to the device. Instead they hold the message on the internet and send you an SMS message to tell you how to access it using your browser. This indicates that all those contracts would have to be updated to allow MMS message to be sent directly to the device, and of course, O2 would have to send the MMS settings to the iPhone using an over the air update.

This seems to hold somewhat true as many users are tweeting that they couldn’t send MMS message until a text came through from O2 with the MMS settings.

So, if you are having problems, i am afraid your just going to have to wait until O2’s computer gets round to your ‘contract’ and sends you the settings message, then you’ll be MMS’ing in no time.

Oh, and for those that are wondering, the cost of sending an MMS message on O2 with the iPhone is the same as sending 4 SMS messages. That will either be taken from your free text message allowances or, i assume, be charged at 40p 25p (thanks Finch) if you have none remaining for that month.

Some people have also tweeted that you can just send an MMS to 0101 or 1010 and O2 will update your settings. Although i obviously haven’t tried that.

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finch
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MMS messages are 4 SMS messages or 24.79p (25p), just to clarify.

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Juan
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Hi all, no need to wait for any carrier message. If you have an unlocked iphone with an un-official carrier, this carrier will not be able to send you any of the setting to you (tried in vane all morning). Instead, get the settings from your carrier (APN, username&psswd, MMS Center-url, MMS proxy:port, MMS max size), punch them into you iphone, turn off, remove the sim card (I left mine for like 5-10 min) then replace sim, restart the phone and done and you will have the camera icon in your messaging app

Arc"Philippine Beach"Noah
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I didn’t know that this is how they process iPhone MMS. Thanks for the information

Dane"IT Graduates"Channel
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I’m really interested to try the bonus tips “link” you posted. I hope it works. Thank you for posting them

spiritlevel
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i can send mms ok but i get that stupid online msg wen sum1 mms me DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS TO HELP? IM O2 PAYANDGO UK 2G IPHONE

Chewie
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Spiritlevel:
You need to speak to O2 and ask them to deliver MMS straight into your inbox instead of sending the web message. You'll have to say that you use your sim in another phone.

Telco 3G
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Thanks a lot. You have no idea how much this post helped me. Have you posted any other informative posts like this?

anthoy1and
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Hi, I wonder if you can help me…

I bought an iphone 3g in the US while on holiday, and then it was unlocked and jailbroken for use on t-mobile then o2 in the uk.

The problem is that I can not send or receive mms. O2 say they have set up the provisions on my sim card for mms, and that the settings in my phone are correct. I text 1010, got the initial, we will set up the mms, but the actual mms doesnt come through.

Help?!

Chewie
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Hey Anthony, Unfortunately i don't really have much of an idea what you can do. I guess you could try reset everything and see if that works? Reset the MMS settings on the iPhone, as follows: * Settings * General * Network * Cellular data network * Reset Settings If you're a Pay Monthly customer but are not on an iPhone tariff then you will need to change two APN settings. Under cellular Data tap the APN setting and change it to mobile.o2.co.uk and then under MMS tap the APN setting and change it to wap.o2.co.uk If you're a Pay… Read more »
anthoy1and
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Thanks Mate,

I think i am going to do a factory reset of the phone. This will nullify the jailbreak, and then carry out an official O2 unlock, and re-enter the proper settings… and hopefully that will do the trick?

Chewie
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Yeah a factory reset and then official O2 Unlock should be ok,
although if you didn't purchase the phone through O2 i am unsure if
they will actually allow you to do the unlock as they won't have the
serial in their system. This is something you should TRIPLE check with
O2 before you do it.

If not, just jailbreak and unlock using ultrasn0w

iPhone Application Developer
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I also trouble in this problem.Now it will be solve soon

iPhone Application Developer
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I solve it 

PCB
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Sounds like good..I will try to use this on my iphone..

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hmmm I haven’t heard about such problems with Android OS.

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