What is MMS messaging?
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard in mobile messaging. Like SMS (Short Messaging Service), MMS messaging is a way to send a message from one mobile to another. The difference is that MMS can include not just text, but also sound, images and video. It is also possible to send an MMS message from a mobile phone to an email address.
Features of MMS
Formats that can be embedded within MMS include:
- Text (formatted with fonts, colours, etc)
- Images (JPEG, GIF format)
- Audio (MP3, MIDI)
- Video (MPEG)
MMS is an extension of the SMS protocol, making its usage familiar to existing SMS users. An MMS message is a single entity, not a collection of attachments. One of the main practical differences between MMS and SMS is that whilst SMS messages are limited to 160 bytes, an MMS message has no size limit and could be many Kbytes in size, or even larger. MMS requires a third generation (3G) network to enable such large messages to be delivered, although smaller messages can be sent even with second generation networks using GPRS.
Whilst mobile phone users can create and send their own MMS messages, perhaps the biggest use of MMS is likely to be companies sending MMS messages to subscribers, enquirers or customers. For example, a company could send visitors an MMS map to help them find their office. Other possible applications include weather reports, news & sport bulletins, etc.
The first MMS capable phones started to appear in 2002, and the standard looks set to become very widely used in the years ahead. Different manufacturers are introducing MMS technologies in different ways. Some are introducing MMS directly into their phones, whilst others are introducing phones that have EMS (Enhanced messaging Service). EMS is a halfway house between SMS and MMS, providing some of the features of MMS (e.g. formatted text, simple pictures, simple audio such as ringtones, and even some animation). EMS is a technology that is designed to work with existing networks, but will ultimately be made obsolete by MMS.
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What does "Always send and receive MMS" mean?
Asked by Lorraine
from South Africa
on 23rd Feb 2017
How can I delete undeliverable media messages sent ? I can't send. Pictures of my grandbabies with my honey.
Asked by Peggy
on 13th Feb 2017
Can't send photos of the grandbabies to my other half ! Says too many unsent multi media not sent !!! Help !!!plz
How can l activate in my cellphone the MMS. I can not send and receive pictures?
Asked by Carolina
on 9th Feb 2017
Reply by Linda Johnston
from United States
on 17th Feb 2017
I cant download any mms messages.
Reply by John
on 26th Feb 2017
With my experience is that you will not be able to send it receive MMS unless you have done sort of a data plan attached to your phone.
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Comment by Robin Hatfield
from United States
on 7th Mar 2017
Why can't i get mms?
Comment by Ali Ahmed
on 6th Mar 2017
Please iam requesting phone multimidea backup thanks helping.
Comment by Joan
on 31st Jan 2017
My MMS messages look different when I send them to one of my contacts. They appear on her phone as if they are written on a piece of note paper with the top left corner bent. MMS affects only one contact.
Comment by Sarah
on 9th Jan 2017
How can I find out the phone number an
MMS has been sent to ? Phone with Telstra
And on a plan, however phone bill only
Details - date, time & If standard or video
MMS. I believe i am being charged for MMS
that i have not sent however I am unable to
To clarify this without knowing where or who
MMS has been sent to on phone bill.
Please assist if can?
Comment by john
on 6th Jan 2017
I just cant send mms st all.
Comment by Julia
on 20th Dec 2016
I get MMS messages from my family...and a notice comes up to me to DOWNLOAD MMS. Where do I find that...on an LG phone... HELP, PLEASE!!
Comment by steven
on 29th Nov 2016
I have O2 as my provider on an Android phone . I have unlimited texts. However if my SMS text is too long ,it converts it to MMS for which I am charged. How long can a SMS text be before it reverts to MSS?
Comment by emerlinda don
from Philippines bicol
on 12th Nov 2016
How to registered mmk?
Comment by s m Jahid Uddin
on 26th Oct 2016
How to see receved my Own mms. Please send me , How to the do it .
Comment by Hussaini
on 14th Aug 2016
If i send images, that means is mms? Or i well send a big messages first ? and each is mms hawmoch.
Comment by E
on 12th Aug 2016
What would be causing mms if I am not sending pictures videos or big messages?
Comment by Merdene
on 9th Aug 2016
I received a mms picture and text of my boyfriend on my old cell phone but he did not send it could a third party have gotten the number and sent it?
Comment by Shelly Robinson
on 3rd Aug 2016
Hello i have an Android HTC phone and i was sent a MMS message on Messenger this morning, but when i clicked on it, it just says downloading. it will not open or let me see the message or pictures if that is what he sent. Please help me open this so i can see what he sent and respond. Thank You, Very Much.
Reply by Kelly terry
on 22nd Oct 2016
It's down loading go to eee I do that and still nothing.
Comment by leah
on 31st Jul 2016
When the text is quite long it takes hours sometimes to send. If the time is excessive delete the text and resend with fewer characters.
Reply by Graham
on 27th Sep 2016
Hi there ,when you send a MMS message
you must turn on mobile data, then it will send it.
Comment by sue
on 28th Jul 2016
I start to write a text (SMS) and if I write a lot it becomes a MMS. When I press send the message comes up as, 'failed to send'. I don't understand why!
Can anybody help please?<b
Comment by Sandy
on 14th Jul 2016
Does it cost to use?
Comment by Cezar Benitez
on 13th Jul 2016
I can't send or recieve multimedia messages why is that can you please help me out?
Comment by belva
on 12th Jul 2016
I am unable to send pictures. It tells me I have too many unsent multimedia.
Reply by Janie sandate
from United States
on 22nd Jul 2016
Why can't I send pictures on my phone? My galaxy 6 edge most won't let me what do I do...
Comment by Kathie mayhew
on 6th Jul 2016
If I write a long message the other person is not able to get it. It says,it can't download the message, is that because it's to long??
Comment by BRENDA
on 30th Jun 2016
My Nokia previously changed messages to mms when they became too long but that has now stopped, I can't get the internet as the settings are wrong, can anyone help?
Comment by Ed
on 17th May 2016
Trying to send an MMS message from my tracfone to a Sprint customer. The pics have gone through in the past, but suddenly stopped working recently. Any idea on what the problem could be, and how to fix it?
Comment by hedar elatassi
on 7th May 2016
I could not open message receive service center 16366388487 from 18326878428.
Comment by Lee,Jim
on 10th Apr 2016
I am trying to send photo on my IPad thru "Message " and was told that I need to set up MMS in order to send photo & texts. How do I set up MMS?
Reply by Immaculate
on 3rd Jan 2017
Unable to send mms.
Comment by Sammy
from North America
on 28th Feb 2016
I'm getting mms messages to a link for mms website with a photo? And someone is sending it to me every minute.
Comment by gboyega amoboye
on 30th Oct 2015
I have been receing messages that I should update my MMS how can I so so pls Moreover I speak and read English but always receive MMS in a very srange language thereby making the message useless I wanr this error corrected so that future messages could be received in English Language. Dor long I been unable to receivle e.mails on yahoo why pls and kindly rectifypls. thanks.
Comment by William
on 20th Oct 2015
I'm concerned that i can see multi media messages on my Boost LG cell phone.
Comment by Rhonda Terry
from prince. george
on 16th Jul 2015
The resason why i want to use multimedia message because it is my first time and i want to use multimedia service thank you. (240)605-6160
Comment by OWORI JOSEPH
on 13th Jul 2015
LIKED SO MUCH
Comment by sphesihle gwala
from south africa
on 21st Jun 2015
I use blackberry 9320, it does not have mms function only email and text msg. How to find mms services?
Comment by sabine
from new zealand
on 16th Jun 2015
I have my lg A-33o and was realy happy with my mms played on my phone and I lost mms to message which is not realy working to send photos to.
Comment by glenda
from united states
on 28th May 2015
My mms will not open in a text. It sends a mestage. Unable to download. Try again later. Please help.
Comment by j irvine
from u. k.
on 23rd May 2015
i'm with bt and if i send a photo with my mobile they charge me 40 pence.
Comment by john
on 5th May 2015
cant figure out why my network interprets a picture message as a multimedia that i cant download, is their a way i ccan get the messages?
Comment by varun
on 16th Jan 2015
I want to knw tht when we send mms on frnd mobile number he will receive the mms on his phne test msg or on email id
Comment by David Eaton
from united states
on 13th Jan 2015
Cannot send muti media pictures from my phone to another does not send multi media whatsoever. Can you give me some advice on how?
Comment by Lisa
on 12th Jan 2015
Trying to send a photo & short message from USA to my son from my pho
Comment by joy
on 17th Sep 2014
would the messages still send and received by the person your sending.
Comment by trevorm
on 15th Sep 2014
why are MMS messages to a phone being diverted to a web address?
Comment by Obadiah
on 10th Sep 2014
I have 10 free mms to send. But i still need more knowledge on who i am going to send the mms to(recipient). Could it be; to the recipient phone number or his email address.
Comment by sara
on 31st Aug 2014
Comment by Sarah
on 30th Jul 2014
Thank you. This was very helpful in that the information was simple, brief and easy to understand.
Comment by lizzi
on 23rd Jul 2014
How can I change the settings so it doesn't automatically changing sms to mms on a HTC one m8 thanks
Comment by Bello
on 18th Jul 2014
Does it simply means that phones that are not 3G can not receive and sent MMS ? Tanx.
Comment by Emma
on 7th May 2014
I have an Ideos phone and I received an MMS but am unable to retrieve it. please help me.
Comment by Welcome Mapetese
on 1st Mar 2014
l figured out that mms is fast
Comment by Nora
on 5th Feb 2014
I discovered an MMS voicemail message on my partners phone asking him to call them. Is it possible for mms to call you and leave messages by phone?
Comment by Mtendere Eric Mlongoti
on 5th Feb 2014
Comment by Thabani . Richard
from South Africa
on 26th Dec 2013
I have Laptop where I want to use mms because I am USING modem to get Internet so there's a simcad there the card have number
Comment by Pamela
on 12th Dec 2013
How do you forward or email mms from Samsung galaxy phones? It's not giving me that option.
Comment by susanta dhara
on 27th Nov 2013
i am a student of master in jurnalism & masscommunication from noida masscomedia. i am having problem reciving and sending picture. what would be the problem with this.
Comment by Pat
on 26th Nov 2013
I have an LG Optimus Dynamic phone from straight talk. I am having problems receiving and sending pictures. What would be the problem with this
Comment by ISA
on 30th Sep 2013
thank you this was helpful in my gcse revision
Comment by dave from uk on 1st May 2013
I am on a contract mobile phone, I get an allowance every month but still get charged for mms messages, I do not send any large messages two or three words cant understand My provider is talktalk
Comment by tony from uk on 22nd Aug 2012
can you mms on zest 2 t mobile phone?
Comment by martin from uk on 17th Jun 2012
i lost my phone and quite a few contacts i used 3g mms How can i find the numbers i sent them to as o2 my provider say on your bill it only says 3g text but on my bill it shows all sms numbers i have text
Comment by sunny from pakistan on 11th May 2012
Hay i wana know that as you know that mms sent via internet so will my previous mms will be saved on my mobile sevice provider's server?
Comment by nigel peter wilby from englandwhe on
1st May 2012
When sending a lengthy text it converts itself into mms and my friends have not received the message, why should this be?
Comment by Nikki from UK on 18th Apr 2012
MMS is more interesting however it can hip wrong kind of gossip!
Comment by Lamido from Nigeria on 22nd Mar 2012
MMS is more interesting & satisfyng than SMS, so use it wisely.
Comment by Peter Batchelor from UK on 15th Mar
Question: does MMS include Predictive texting?
Comment by kia from scotland on 16th Feb 2012
coud you please tell me how to open mms message on my galaxey y
Reply by Felix clarin
on 17th Aug 2016
I need answer to that question as my problem the same. Need your answer thank.you.
Comment by rohit kumar,sambalghad from india on
3rd Feb 2012
Comment by Shubratta from Bangladesh on 1st Feb
If describe how to open a MMS Message then it will be very helpfull for simple & general men.
Reply by resa from Iran on 11th Jun
My son, who lives in Australia insisting on me to use MMS. I don't know how to start anyway. i live in Iran
Comment by NADIA from USA on 25th Jan 2012
THANK YOU VERY HELPFULL
Comment by faraaz from india on 24th Jan 2012
thanks for information
Comment by sejal from india on 21st Jan 2012
myn problem is that i had been sent an MMS from my relative on my mobile. i recieve the sms but i dont know how it is open and how i can view the photo
Comment by Soloblue from Abia state,Nigeria. on
18th Jan 2012
with a heart full of great delight & immence pleasure that I 4mali want 2 appreciate u 4 d great job u guys are doing. I will b more greatful , if u will make d page 4 Nokia's phone mms available. Tanx & remain bless.
Comment by sam from india on 17th Jan 2012
thanx 4 giving information