Germany is ready to introduce the next messaging service MMS and one
of the questions I had was how it could look on a Pocket PC Phone
Edition. Iâ€™m using MMS for some weeks now with a Sony Ericsson T68i
with my Vodafone D2 SIM but while Vodafone doesnâ€™t have any Pocket
PCs in stock, the o2 lead product is the xda.
First of all some
explanations about MMS and why it will increase your messaging
Mobile Messaging is evolving beyond SMS text messaging
with the introduction of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
delivers a total communication experience, allowing personalized
multimedia content such as images, audio, text, video and
combinations of these.
- Capture and share your experiences when and wherever they
- Imagine relaxing on a sun drenched beach and being able to
send a picture to your work colleagues.
- Not sure about that dress? Get a second opinion by sending a
picture of it to a friend.
The opportunities are endless!
MMS is a store and forward
messaging service that allows mobile users to exchange multimedia
messages with other mobile users. As such it can be seen as an
evolution of SMS, with MMS supporting the transmission of additional
Combinations of the above Multimedia Messaging Service are an
important emerging service, which allows you sending of multiple
media in a single message, and the ability to send a message to
multiple recipients. Itâ€™s a little bit like a PowerPoint
presentation where you can also add Text, Images, Sounds and Videos.
The originator can easily create a Multimedia Message, either using
a built-in or accessory camera, or can use images and sounds stored
previously in the device.
Even if the recipient phone is not
switched on, the Multimedia Message will be stored and sent to the
recipient as soon as they switch on their phone (like today with
Each Multimedia Message contains a number of pages (think of
a PowerPoint slide show again). On each page, there can be one image
and one set of text. An audio file can also be attached. The time
that each "page" is displayed can be specified, so the user
experience is somewhat like a slide show.
So how does MMS work?
Depending upon the operator, a typical example of how an MMS
message can be sent and received between two compatible MMS devices
- Using an MMS compatible device and take a photo
- Use your phone to personalize the message by adding text, sound
clip or your own voice.
- Send the MMS message
On a compatible device, the MMS message will appear with a new
message alert. The picture message will open on the screen, the text
will appear below the image and the sound will begin to play
automatically in the background
If the message is sent to a
non-compatible MMS phone the user will receive a SMS message along
the lines of:
"You have been sent a picture message!"
then be given a website address, and possibly and username and
password on which they can view the message.
So far the theory of
the GSM Association but how it will looks like in reality!? Itâ€™s the
same! You can send and receive MMS messages with your xda and a MMS
EzWAP 2.5 client.
Composing a MMS
First you have to compose your MMS message using a MMS client
like EzWAP 2.5. In general this works like you know from the Inbox.
Select or enter the recipient and add a subject.
Now it becomes a little bit different as you can add several files to
the message but not as an attachment only but within the message like
you can do it with HTML mails. Here you can select images as well as
Add a text to your message and you are ready. However, in addition you
can also add a second page like within FrontPage.
Receiving a MMS
Like you become notified with a received SMS message, EzWAP 2.5 also
notifies you with an information bubble. However, unlike with SMS you
get a notification, not the complete message pushed and thatâ€™s why you
have to confirm receiving the MMS message.
Your xda connects now - through GPRS - with the MMSC to download the MMS
message. This can take some time, depending on the available connection
speed and message size. However, itâ€™s faster than sending a MMS message
because todayâ€™s GPRS devices receives data faster than it can send data
(see my column
"How fast is
GPRS today" here).
If your device got the message it opens automatically and will be
Thatâ€™s it. You can store, forward or reply to the message. Now Iâ€™m
waiting that anyone is developing a camera attachment for the xda, in
that case it becomes even funnier.
In general, MMS is as easy as SMS is. You have to
configure your MMS client once a time only and than you can start sharing the
momentums and emotions! While you have to give the SMS client a SMSC number, MMS
needs the MMSC address and a GPRS connection.
Creating MMS messages is also
easy doing. Itâ€™s like composing a SMS message or an E-Mail. A little bit
strange - the first time only - is adding files to a message. While Iâ€™m not
a real big fan of HTML mails (with including pictures right into the message
than attaching it to the E-Mail) itâ€™s the idea of MMS to add this files
right into the message. Here the PowerPoint comparison is the best one to
Even if the o2 Germany MMS server was in a pre-launch status the past
days and weeks, it worked pretty good and comfortable, as expected and
finally I found a Christmas gift for my girlfriend - a MMS enabled mobile
Thatâ€™s the lame side of MMS today - there are not enough
handsets penetrated that you can find someone where to send the message to
and getting MMS messages as a SMS notification for web access only is pretty
boring, specially with devices like the Microsoft Phone Edition where I can
also send E-Mails pretty well. But since the average live time of a GSM
handset is around 18 months, we can expect a extreme high MMS enabled mobile
device penetration within the next 24 months!
I will enjoy MMS for sure!
Cheers ~ Arne
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