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What is MMS?

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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard in mobile messaging. Like SMS (Short Messaging Service), MMS 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 MMS messages from a mobile phone to an email address.

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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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Comment by varun from India 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 from Canada on 12th Jan 2015
Trying to send a photo & short message from USA to my son from my pho

Comment by joy from canada on 17th Sep 2014
would the messages still send and received by the person your sending.

Comment by trevorm from uk on 15th Sep 2014
why are MMS messages to a phone being diverted to a web address?

Comment by Obadiah from Nigeria 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 from england on 31st Aug 2014

Comment by Sarah from USA on 30th Jul 2014
Thank you. This was very helpful in that the information was simple, brief and easy to understand.

Comment by lizzi from england 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 from Nigeria on 18th Jul 2014
Does it simply means that phones that are not 3G can not receive and sent MMS ? Tanx.

Comment by Emma from Kenya 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 from Zimbabwe on 1st Mar 2014
l figured out that mms is fast

Comment by Nora from Scotland 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 from Malawi 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 from USA 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 from india 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 from USA 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 from Dubai 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 2012
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

Comment by rohit kumar,sambalghad from india on 3rd Feb 2012

Comment by Shubratta from Bangladesh on 1st Feb 2012
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 2012
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

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

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