AT&T has finally announced
an official date -- September 25. AT&T will roll out the
update to iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S phones, which will allow them to
send video clips and pictures in text messages. The MMS
capabilities will be offered for free as part of the existing service
AT&T says the tardiness was necessary to "to
give our customers a positive experience from day one."
AT&T adds, "[We needed] to make sure our network is ready to
handle what we expect will be a record volume of MMS traffic."
company says that another OS-supported feature that is highly
anticipated -- tethering
-- is coming soon but that there is "no set date".
AT&T says it "expect[s] to offer it in the future", but
says it can't yet, describing, "This function could
exponentially increase traffic on the network, and we need to ensure
that some of our current upgrades are in place before we can deliver
the expanded functionality with the excellent performance that
AT&T's claims may be fair given
quality of its voice network and the fact that its data network
can hardly be called robust. IPhone customers can at least take
comfort in the fact that they will at long last be getting the
ability to send MMS.