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dcompiled Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Have any of you wondered why the receiving SMS picture messages is such a nightmare? The system that sends you an SMS with a userid/password that is IMPOSSIBLE to remember is terrible. The only way I can view the message is to get a pen write down the username and password then click on the link on the phone - wait maybe a minute to view the message. Why so complicated?. I can think of many other ways to get this to work that would require little to no effort on the part of Apple and/or ATT. Either have the SMS picture messages sent to an email account or set up the link with a querystring so that we dont have to type in a password. Either option is so easy, why hasn't it been done...

Self-Built, Windows Vista
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    I can save you some keystrokes for future reference - the abbreviation for SMS picture messaging is MMS.

    You are asking your question and directing your feedback to fellow users only. To ensure that your feedback is at least forwarded to and read by the appropriate Apple personnel, you should use the iPhone feedback link instead.

    I would include the link but I'm replying with my iPhone, which doesn't support cut/copy/paste at the present time, and I hope Apple adds this function before spending time and resources on an MMS client.

    Ask the sender of an MMS to address the MMS to an email address for an email account that you access with the iPhone's mail client instead of your cell phone number with area code. You will recieve the MMS as an email with the photo as an email attachment.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (92,965 points)
    I have had no trouble with this.

    People send to my e-mail address and I get the pic; very easy and I have the pic on my phone and computer.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    I've had no trouble with this. Pictures arrive in my email and I have everyone's "mms email address" saved to their contact info.
  • dcompiled Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Cut/Copy/Paste would be too complicated for them to figure out. Why not start with something simple like being able to search for emails on my phone...
  • dcompiled Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's not the point - when a verizon user sends me a picture message I get an SMS from AT&T that reads something like the following:

    So and so sent you a multimedia message. you can view the message withing the next 7 days on the web at www.viewmymessage.com using msg id: ghasDyFogq (no im not kidding that's what the message id looks like) and password ketrwT8345 (yes its impossible to remember).
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (92,965 points)
    If they had sent to your e-mail, this wouldn't happen. You would receive like any other e-mail.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Cut/Copy/Paste would be too complicated for them to figure out.


    This is funny coming from a Windows user since Microsoft does zero innovation and has no original ideas whatsoever. Microsoft knows how to copy others only. You are using an operating system that is nothing but a poor copy of Apple's GUI, and is swiss cheese for security.

    Cut/copy/paste isn't too complicated, but getting it right with a multi-touch screen may not be easy.

    Search isn't available for emails since the entire message body of each email is not downloaded with checking a mailbox.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    I guess reading my entire post was too complicated.

    Copied from my first post, which you apparently missed or don't understand.

    Ask the sender of an MMS to address the MMS to an email address for an email account that you access with the iPhone's mail client instead of your cell phone number with area code. You will recieve the MMS as an email with the photo as an email attachment.


    I don't exchange MMS often - I leave that to the kiddies, but I do on occasion with a niece who is a high school kid. She is a Verizon subscriber. She addresses the MMS to an email address for an email account that I access with the iPhone's mail client, and I receive the MMS as an email with the photo as an email attachment. Since I access the email account with an email client on my computer, I also have access to the received message and photo attachment on my computer also.

    This gave me her cell phone's MMS email address. I added this email address to her contact info. I select a photo to be sent as an email attachment and when addressing the email to her cell phone MMS email address, she receives the email and photo attached as an MMS.
  • spottedmahn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree with dcompiled and yes I understand if they send it to my att email address it would work as "normal" but what a pain in the butt.

    MMS has been a basic feature for years now; I just don't get it, I can do so many advanced operations on my iPhone but I have to use a hack to send a picture message? I just don't get it.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    It's not a hack. The iPhone uses email to send pictures.
  • George Cassello Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    My friend, you are beating a dead horse here. You will get nothing here but people defending these awful oversights by Apple and AT&T. They are inexcusable. Trust me. the features will most likely come with the $300 or purchase of a new model phone and most likely charges from AT&T for features my Samsung from 8 years ago could do. Give it a rest. Complain to Apple like everyone here tells you too. And get no straight answer.
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,090 points)
    What answer are you expecting?
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    If this feature is important to you, there are plenty of other phones to choose from.
  • spottedmahn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey George, I might be beating a dead horse but I've at least gotta try.

    Hello Tamara, I think you're really overlooking Apple's implementation of MMS. Even with the ability to send my friends picture messages via email if I'm sent a picture message I've gotta visit a website and enter a username and a password. What a pain in the butt!

    If you have a minute please watch the following iPhone parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZyYjQHcXEU

    Apple, I just don't get it. Your products are more consumer friendly than Microsoft but on this issue you have completely missed the boat; please re-evaluate your implementation.

    Regards,
    Mike D.
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