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MMS support was one of the most anticipated features of iPhone 3.0, but it turns out it has a nasty side-effect: group SMS sending has effectively been dumped.
One of the features Lifehacker US singled out straight away as appealing in the forthcoming iPhone 3.0 release (apart from the finally-here copy and paste option) was the ability to send and receive MMS messages. Photo frenzy ahoy! However, there's a disturbing note at the foot of Apple's official press release:
MMS may not be available in all areas.
iPhone 3.0 won't be on general release until mid-year, which means there's plenty of time for a local telco to get on the MMS bandwagon if they can see a potential revenue source. On the other hand, there's a precedent for it not happening: visual voicemail, one of the most hyped features of the original iPhone, never made it down under. If I was a betting man, I'd be inclined to back the "no MMS for Aussies" horse.
If someone sends you an MMS in order to share a photo and your phone can't handle the MMS format (either because it's too old or because it's an iPhone), then most carriers will make the image available via the Internet, sending you a text message with access instructions. However, a recent systems upgrade at Optus means that in the future, Optus customers won't have that legacy option: the MMS will simply disappear into the ether. The annoying part? The sender will still get charged for trying to send any pictures, even if they're not received. A workaround if you know the recipient's phone is email-enabled is to send the shot as an attachment, but the whole issue underscores the importance of not just blithely sending out a picture from your phone.