Originally Posted by cuppingmaster
To all MMS b***chers:
For starters, MMS IS an outdated technology. It's not like the gasoline infrastructure, it can be changed due to the short lifecycle of phones in general and the switch to smartphones instead of the crap free phones any carrier will give you for signing a two-year contract.
Nevertheless, if you and/or your friends choose to use outdated nonconforming technology, I found some info you might find useful. I've used the Verizon one, but haven't tested the others.http://www.sms411.net/2006/07/how-to...-to-phone.html
Now, can we all get on with our email-driven lives?
Oh, I see. I need to tell all my friends that don't have smartphones that they should buy one and use email and that MMS is outdated, OR if they insist on using their primitive MMS, instruct them how to format the address so it goes to my email. If I were a self-centered snob I might go that route. But I'm not and I won't and I believe most people are not going to do that either. And your link to a "workaround" (originally written in 2006) for outbound messages is fine...if you know who the carrier is for every single one of your contacts or are prepared to asked them each time you want to send them a quick note. I can see the conversation:*ring*ring*
Guy: "Hey Ashley, it's Andy. Just wondering, who's your carrier?"
Ashley: "My carrier?"
Andy: "Yeah, for your cell phone."
Ashley: "Oh, it's Verizon. Why?"
Andy: "Oh I just wanted to send you a text."
Ashley: "You need to know my carrier for that?"
Andy: "Well sort of...I'm going to send an email to your text."
Ashley: "Well why don't you just send a text to my text?"
Andy: "Get with it Ashley...that would be stupid. Everyone uses email now."
Ashley: "Yeah, riiiiight, for emails. But when you text someone's phone you use text."
Andy: "Actually Ash, it's called SMS or MMS and it's outdated. BUT, I know you still use it so I'm going to email to your text."
Ashley: "Outdated? Everyone uses texts."
Andy: "You mean SMS."
Ashley: "Um, yeah, whatever. Listen, I gotta get going."
Andy: "Wait, what are you doing tonight?"
Ashley: "Umm, I just remembered I've got a family thing. I won't be able to go out. Gotta go. Bye."
Andy: "All night...hello? Are you still there?"
So let's get real here. Fact: when using a mobile phone to send images, the vast majority of people use MMS. I'm not going to get in a debate as to if MMS should go away or will go away in the future b/c it really has nothing to do with the here and now - and that's where I live. Maybe the people who don't complain about or miss MMS don't have many friends or don't have many that send them pictures. Fine, but many of us do...that's why the "feature" is so ubiquitous in the first place. So much so that it is generally considered a standard feature. All I'm asking for is to be able to receive MMS messages like every other phone can do
. If you think email is better then you are free to continue using it, but why not have the ability, just the ability, to receive an MMS from someone else? Would you really turn your nose up to that because you deem it "nonconforming?"
This discussion brings me to one other thing I've always wondered - why is it that some Apple people get so
offended if you criticize anything about an Apple product? Isn't the point of a forum to have open discussion? To point out a serious flaw with a product is not b*tching. Almost all of us have a passion for Apple products...that's why we're here. But that doesn't mean we should ignore any and all flaws and do nothing but lavish the company with praise. I am talking about a standard feature that millions of people use daily and there is absolutely no reason for such an advanced phone not to have it...none.