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MMS Coming to the iPhone September 25 ➝

AT&T has confirmed that MMS will be coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS on September 25.

We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches – and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.

There’s still no word on tethering but the announcement goes on to talk about the massive increase in data usage on AT&T’s network since the launch of the iPhone (350% year-over-year). With how long it took AT&T to “prepare” for MMS, they don’t make me feel like tethering is coming any time soon.

7/11/09: Appmodo Still Claims $55 as Tethering Price
6/25/09: Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari
6/18/09: MMS Coming to iPhone in July, Tethering Will Cost $55

Update 9/6/09: YouTube – AT&T Network 101 & MMS Availability Update

Update 9/9/09: In another attempt to improve their network, AT&T has announced their rollout plans for 7.2Mbps 3G service.

Update 9/13/09: There have been several reports (MobileCrunch, HowardForums, and Mediaite) that AT&T has already began rolling out MMS to some iPhone users. For what it’s worth, I don’t have it yet and haven’t spoken with anyone who has.

Update 9/23/09: From AT&T’s Facebook page:

MMS Update: We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25. Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We’ll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time.

Update 10/16/09: iPhone Tethering May be a 2010 Thing

Update 11/14/09: AT&T on iPhone Tethering and Verizon Ads

Appmodo Still Claims $55 as Tethering Price ➝

Even though AT&T has denied the $55 per month pricing for tethering, Appmodo is still claiming it as the price.

Appmodo is the source of the original rumor in the middle of June saying that both MMS and tethering were to be coming in July with tethering costing $55 per month.

Not only is Appmodo claiming that it is still set to cost $55 per month on top of the current iPhone data plan they are also claiming that it has been pushed back to September.

There is a general consensus amongst most writers who focus on Apple news that AT&T is worried that turning on tethering and MMS would be detrimental to the quality of their data network. But, if that is the case then why would AT&T turn both of them on at the same time? Wouldn’t it be smarter to turn MMS on first and then allow people to tether a month or so later?

Appmodo is sourcing an “undisclosed reputable AT&T employee” and I have a feeling that they are telling the truth, but am worried that their source doesn’t actually know the real deal. I’m sure their source believes the information he has to be true, but whether or not it will remain this way at launch is a completely different story.

Don’t forget that as long as AT&T doesn’t bill you extra for doing so, you can turn on tethering right now.

Update 8/3/09: According to iPhone Alley firmware 3.1 beta has already enabled MMS, so it is likely that MMS will be enabled for all iPhone 3G and 3GS users with the final 3.1 update.

Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari

It turns out that the iPhone is capable of installing network profiles from MobileSafari. Since all of the recent tethering hacks have used a modified network profile to enable tethering, BenM.at has created a pretty easy to use page to enable this feature, and supports practically every iPhone provider out there.

The process is very simple, go to http://help.benm.at/help.php, scroll down to Tethering & Internet Settings, tap on the Mobileconfigs download link, choose your country and then your provider. The network profile installer will launch and allow you to update your iPhone settings which will enable tethering.

To enable tethering just go to Settings, General, Network, tethering should now be an option.

I currently have a first generation iPhone, and since it doesn’t support tethering or MMS I wasn’t able to try this myself. But, Jason Chen of Gizmodo says that they have been testing it for about a day and it has worked fine for them.

I haven’t dug very deep into the MMS enabling features, since they are currently beta and the method to install it is a little complicated. I really wouldn’t advise anyone to enable MMS until they make things a little bit easier.

Gizmodo – Enable Tethering On Your iPhone 3G and 3GS With Only Safari MMS, VV Fix – Iphone tethering.

Update 6/25/09: I dropped by an AT&T store yesterday and installed tethering on one of their demo devices. I wasn’t able to test tethering but I can say that everything else on the phone worked just fine after installing the network profile.

Update 7/14/09: There are some reports that downloading the mobileconfig files (as explained above) still works (@andrewe) with iPhone firmware 3.1 beta 2 but there are also some reports that the IPCC tethering trick no longer works. I can’t confirm whether or not either one of them work because I don’t have access to the beta firmware.

Update 7/31/09: Firmware update 3.0.1 hasn’t broken this tethering hack. We already know that 3.1 will, so 3.0.1 might be the last firmware that will allow you to easily enable free tethering.

Update 8/3/09: According to iPhone Alley firmware 3.1 beta has already enabled MMS, so it is likely that MMS will be enabled for all iPhone 3G and 3GS users with the final 3.1 update.

MMS Coming to iPhone in July, Tethering Will Cost $55 ➝

Appmodo managed to convince an AT&T representative to shed some more light on when MMS will be launching and how much tethering is going to cost.

MMS is said to be coming in July and tethering is said to be $55 per month. The question still remains however, whether this pricing is on top of the $30 a month we are already paying for unlimited data or if this $55 plan includes unlimited data and tethering.

$55 seems absolutely perfect, not only is it slightly cheaper than most carriers charge per month for a notebook data plan but it is also only a slight bump up from the already a little expensive $30 for unlimited data. But, if the pricing is going to be $85 a month total for data and tethering it is outrageously expensive. So long as tethering is so easy to enable I don’t see how they can justify an $85 per month price point.

Update 6/19/09: The Loop is pointing to AT&Ts Facebook page where they have said that the rumored $55 extra per month for tethering is false. They didn’t make any indications about how much it will cost but it is likely to be around $60 for both tethering and data. $30 extra per month for tethering is the same pricing they offer for BlackBerry tethering.

Update 8/3/09: According to iPhone Alley firmware 3.1 beta has already enabled MMS, so it is likely that MMS will be enabled for all iPhone 3G and 3GS users with the final 3.1 update.