Today, AT&T has rolled out a small update for the iPhone in the form of an IPCC file enabling MMS on the iPhone. After opening iTunes, applying the new carrier file and restarting my iPhone, MMS worked without a hitch. Let us know how AT&T’s network is holding up for you.more...
AT&T has given word that the much anticipated (and long overdue) MMS roll out for the iPhone will come this Friday. The carrier is nervous about the service’s roll out as unexpected traffic spikes caused a brief service outage yesterday.
AT&T’s jitters comes from the carrier’s inability to keep with the massive traffic demands of the iPhone. While MMS isn’t doing anything differently than email on the iPhone has been doing since its launch mid-2007, AT&T is still taking the cautious route to make sure it can adequately keep with customer demand with whatever infrastructure it has in place already.
Macrumor’s source gave us some information on the pre-launch jitters AT&T is experiencing:
AT&T and its MMS partners are already seeing “record traffic during peak hours of the night” with just the users selected for testing.
That early testing has been a little rocky, with AT&T seeing a fairly significant test outage yesterday that has them rushing to beef up their MMSC messaging servers. Estimates among those working on the project are that traffic on AT&T’s wireless network will be about 40% higher all day on Friday as iPhone… more...
AT&T and Apple are always trying to improve the iPhone and the network that powers it. A couple of new features coming our way from AT&T could make the iPhone’s cellular capabilities a little bit more robust.
According to Apple Insider, the new features could arrive by year’s end and are detailed below:
* Overage alerts would notify users via push notification badges, messages, or sounds when they approach their monthly anytime minutes limit.
* New voice mail options would let users disable the custom voice mail greeting (including AT&T’s standard voice mail introduction) and allow them to skip greetings (standard or otherwise) or other automated instructions when calling other AT&T customers.
The features are said to have been influenced by customer feedback such as the ability to disable the computerized voice instructions for leaving a wireless subscriber a voicemail. Recently, there have been community inspired efforts to get rid of said messages, luckily carriers have been listening which could explain AT&T’s continued commitment to improve iPhone usage on its network by further disabling that annoying pre-recorded intro.
AT&T has delayed rolling out its MMS service to iPhone users due to concerns that their network wouldn’t be able to handle the added traffic. The wait was been long and a set date of September 25th was given by AT&T itself but there are some reports that users have MMS enabled early.
MMS (Multi Media Messaging) has been one of the few basic features lacking from the iPhone since day one and it took until Firmware 3.0 for it to even be acknowledged. Apple’s stance was that email would be an adequate substitute considering the iPhone had a robust mail client. This didn’t go over too well with some users and now, the upgrade to MMS is beginning. Two sources, Howard’s Forums and The Consumerist report that users ranging across most parts of the US already have MMS enabled. To meet the requirements, you need a carrier profile of 5.0 or 5.1 (you can view your profile under “Settings > General > About > Carrier”), however mine is the former and I have yet to receive MMS functionality.
If you can’t wait for MMS to officially come… more...
One of the biggest gripes iPhone users have had is the network powering the device: AT&T. Complaints have ranged from a slow network to having a weak signal when competitors have better coverage in that area. To ease concerns, AT&T has been upgrading its network behind the scenes and now the carrier is bringing HSPA 7.2 support to six major cities.
Almost all of AT&T’s cell sites run at a slower 3G speed despite some of the carrier’s phones having support for faster 3G standards (HSDPA) such as the iPhone. One of Apple’s marketing points for the iPhone 3GS was its enhanced speed not only in CPU clock but also in its network connection and runs at the newer 7.2 Mbps 3G standard despite AT&T not supporting those speeds yet. Thankfully, AT&T is bringing support for its faster 3G standard to six cities: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami. AT&T is enthusiastic about its network upgrade.
“Our deployment of HSPA 7.2 and supporting backhaul connectivity will enable our customers to continue to ride the leading edge of emerging devices and thousands of mobile applications, our… more...
AT&T has finally made good on its promise to enable MMS for the iPhone although a few days late of Summer’s end. However, the carrier didn’t give an official date on when it would bring tethering support to the iPhone although both features can be enabled relatively easily without AT&T’s intervention.
When Apple demonstrated Firmware 3.0 for the iPhone, it promised MMS and Internet tethering to the iPhone and that a massive amount of carriers worldwide would support the new features. However, AT&T wasn’t amongst that list and remained mum about the subject for quite a while. After promising a late summer roll out, it’s finally enabling the feature in about 3 weeks, a few days after Summer’s official end. MMS support will arrive in the form of a Software update in the much awaited 3.1 update alongside augmented reality support.
AT&T pushed out a press release detailing its roll out of MMS to the iPhone and that the carrier has been working on a strong network versus enabling the feature right of the bat:
We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage… more...
Recently, Apple and AT&T landed in some hot water with the FCC after the removal of several Google Voice compatible Apps and denying Google’s own voice App from entering the App Store. While many blamed AT&T, the carrier and Cupertino based company have filed their responses to the FCC and the result is rather shocking.
Many speculated that AT&T had some hand in Apple’s decision of removing Google Voice compatible Apps from the App Store due to a previous complaint from the carrier about SlingPlayer’s exorbitant data usage over the iPhone’s 3G connection. While AT&T has influenced Apple’s decision in the past it surprisingly had no hand in the removal of GV Mobile and denying Google’s official Voice App. The reason however, might insult you. In Apple’s response to the FCC’s inquiry about App Store policies and why Google Voice Apps were removed, the company had this to say:
Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone. For example, on an iPhone, the “Phone” icon that is always shown at the bottom of… more...
AT&T’s spotty services has been the biggest gripe every iPhone user has had from time to time but the cellular carrier is making major steps to improving the quality of its service in major areas.
AT&T has begun rolling out additions to its wireless spectrum through the inclusion of the 850 MHz band. The addition of the 850 MHz band should dramatically improve 3G connections and help strengthen AT&T’s data network which has come under scrutiny for being inadequate to handle the carrier’s massive amount of iPhone customers. The rollout has started in Atlanta, Georgia with the addition of 540 new cell sites. Additional sites that have already received a quite upgrade are Fresno, San Diego, Stanton, San Francisco California and Las Vegas Nevada AT&T has also semi acknowledged it’s somewhat flimsy data network by asking Apple to not approve Apps that could use up massive amounts of bandwidth such as Skype and SlingPlayer and are restricted to a WiFi connection for data.
AT&T’s vice president and general manager, Keith Holmes, was ecstatic about the enhanced 3G rollout:
“We’re enhancing our network every day to help customers do more with and… more...
Following the fallout from Apple’s removal of several Google Voice compatible iPhone Apps and the banning of Google’s very own App that ties in to the service, the search engine company has opted to create a web based version of the App.
However, the FCC has chosen to intervene and has sent inquires to Apple and AT&T on how the App Store approval process work and whether the cellular carrier had any hand in removing Google Voice compatible Apps. The FCC has also asked Google if it can create a Web based version of Google Voice that can be accessed through Safari. The good news is that Google seems to be working on a Safari compatible version of Google Voice after all.
According to Google, they are currently working on a web app and have mentioned that it will be able to offer the “same features as the rejected app.”
The big problem about creating a Web App over a native App is the lack of functionality such as being able to access the address book and phone App efficiently. I have some skepticism over how this will work… more...
A new update is ready for SlingPlayer that will enable 3G streaming for non-US iPhones if Apple approves the App.
If you’ve been following the recent controversy surrounding Apple’s ridiculous App Store rules then you surely know that one of the more popular Apps available, SlingPlayer, is limited to use over an active WiFi connection. However, the App was supposed to use both WiFi and 3G to stream content from a compatible SlingBox until AT&T stepped in and asked Apple not to approve the App as it would consume too much bandwidth. While Apple and AT&T have yet to allow a 3G compatible SlingBox, a version for iPhones outside of the US will be made available that brings the feature.
“The 1.1 update will be capable of showing 16 x 9 video to fill the entire screen of an iPhone or iPod touch. Additionally, the remote control interface has been updated and overall speed and response times have been improved. The added DISH Network support allows the app to connect directly to DISH hardware and pull guide information that can be easily searched within the app.”
Apple has yet to approve the… more...