Thursday, June 11, 2009

MMS Configuration for iPhone @ Proximus... and the Tethering blues!

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Ok... for all Belgian iPhone aficionados who impatiently awaited version 3.0 of the firmware to start sending MMSs, you're up for an initial disappointment. After successful upgrade to iPhone version 3.0, don't expect anything to happen like they show on TV (sorry, on the Apple site, I mean) like a little camera icon left of the text entry field at the bottom of the window view of the SMS page. Only way to get MMS going (at least if you are a subscriber of the service with Proximus) is to configure MMS itself in your Settings. At your home screen click on Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network and move to the MMS section next. Copy the values in the corresponding fields as they appear on the screen capture here on the right (click for sharper view) and Bob's your uncle. Reboot and next time you launch SMS you'll find the familiar camera right at its place and MMS ready to go... Just like on TV...

Enabling Tethering on 3.0, unfortunately, is gonna be more complicated. There is a custom made bundled configuration file you need to 'upgrade' with after you installed 3.0, and similar files are only made available by Apple to the subscribers of the operators with exclusive contracts. Indeed for Belgium, Apple has only made available the Mobistar file (is that a bitch, or what!?), but I expect the morons at Proximus to eventually wake up and do the same by the time 3.0 gets launched by the 17th of this month (anniversary of the uprising against the Soviets in Berlin in 1953, the Watergate in 1972, Eddy Merckx's birthday, and... mine). Trust me, I seen the guts of that file and once you know the right configuration values corresponding to an operator, a bit like the MMS thing, it'll take no rocket scienctist to fix it. A below average hacker can do it! They better do that then at Proximus or we'll all have to move to Mobistar, innit? Are you listening Belgacom?!

10 comments:

Jan Verbeke said...

hmmmm... Cellular Data is nog showing any MMS section...

Rae said...

So I have an odd question for you. I keep doing searches trying to figure out if there is an email address I can sms or mms to in leu of using the mobile number. Your post keeps coming up so i thought i would ask you. Prior to 3.0 and the possibility of sending mms natively were you able to send them by sending an email to mobilenumber@provider.com?

I have a US plan on AT&T and it would be 1330283xxxx@mms.att.com. I'm trying to figure out what it is to send one to someone on Proximus. I can not find it on any available list online. Do you happen to know what is is? You'd be a life saver if you did! :)

Patrick Debois said...

http://frank.be/articles/2009/06/15/proximus-custom-ipcc-file-for-iphone-includes-tethering/ works for me with proximus

Dominique Dejonghe said...
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Pauline R said...

I get the little picture icon now next to where you type the mms, but it still won't send... :(

VJK said...

Pauline, are you sure your operator subscription allows you to send MMS? Have you rebooted your iPhone after the changes? I guess, if you see the camera icon, you must have. Doesn't hurt to try another reboot though. Take care to copy the values exactly as shown on the blog.

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