Originally Posted by Amorya
1) Not everyone does have an email capable phone. Many people I know don't want their email on their phone, so even if the phone is capable then they do not use the feature.
Not everyone has MMS on their phone. Not everyone wants MMS on their phone.
Email is open, MMS is not. It's that simple, IMO... with email, you can send to anywhere in the world, with MMS, you can send to phones only. It's a closed system, like Compuserve or AOL in the 80s. And like them, it will die out as soon as people realize it's a lame, legacy, expensive scam.
2) What if I don't know someone's email address but do know their phone number? I have hundreds of people in my address book, but only have email addresses for about 10% of them.
1) Call them and ask.
2) Most carriers have email/MMS gateways. If you know their phone number, you can email them short emails at <phone#>@<carrier>.net and it gets delivered to them on their SMS/MMS system, to their phone.
3) It's free as part of your SMS allowance on most networks.
I don't pay for SMS either - it's a total scam.
4) It's embarrassing when someone says "Can you MMS that to me" and you have to explain that your iPhone can't do that. It usually results in a look meaning "I thought it was a really advanced piece of kit, but it can't perform this function which we would both find useful!"
Email it to the above phone#@carrier... keep the following list handy: http://www.mutube.com/projects/open-.../gateway-list/
When I get a phone number, I ask for their carrier as well. Sometimes I get funny looks, but when I explain that it means I can send them things through email, they think it's really cool.
You email, they get it through SMS/MMS. You pay nothing, they pay for their end.
And, it works the other way too on some carriers... phones can email out by sending to a special SMS number: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_gat...Email_Gateways
5) Email is not immediate. Since people get so much of it, having it read within 2 days is about all you can expect. Sending an MMS gets it there semi-instantly. It's a medium reserved for "Here is a picture I'd like you to see", rather than getting lost among the business emails, spam and low-priority things.
See 4. They get it immediately.
And, on the other hand, I don't get fleeped with random cutesy crap all day.