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Topic # 82198 23-Apr-2011 18:44
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I keep seeing people asking for MMS APN settings on their smartphones.
Why are these people still using MMS? Don't they realise they can take a photo and upload it to twitpic/picasa/flickr/etc?

Even with data charges, it'd be cheaper and faster to upload it to the 'net somewhere. (Not to mention only having to send it once!)

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  Reply # 461845 23-Apr-2011 19:09
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I rarely used MMS even before I had a smartphone...




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  Reply # 461846 23-Apr-2011 19:10
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No, also dont use SMS anymore either other than for a couple of automated things that annoy me and a couple of friends who still persist with stonerphones




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  Reply # 461849 23-Apr-2011 19:15
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I do, primarily for sharing photos with my wife. If I uploaded to an online photo sharing service, it becomes a two step process (upload photo and send link). A MMS would also be viewed almost immediately, whereas an emailed link to an online photo may not be viewed for hours.

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  Reply # 461856 23-Apr-2011 19:31
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dclegg: I do, primarily for sharing photos with my wife.

Too much information... Laughing

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  Reply # 461882 23-Apr-2011 21:18
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Becuase MMS is "pushed" to the end-users phone. They get fairly instant notification of a new message. Everything else you've mentioned usually isn't, and even if it is the end-user has to be signed into that service, which requires them to be a user of it.

MMS is compatiable with pretty much every phone on the market, regardless if the person using the phone has Twitter, knows how to check Flickr etc. In the same way that Twitter/Email hasn't replaced SMS.

I totally get what you're saying - but you just because your world is fully connected doesn't mean other peoples are. MMS is still useful to a certain group of people.

Don't get me wrong. MMS is crap. It's buggy, it's expensive and it's a last resort. But you know it'll (probably) work when you can't trust anything else.




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  Reply # 461883 23-Apr-2011 21:29
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IIRC, only about 10-15% of people actually have smartphones in NZ, so if you want to quickly send a photo with one of the other 85-90% of people, then you need to use MMS.

Plus all the other stuff muppet said (instant receiving of pics etc)

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  Reply # 461885 23-Apr-2011 21:45
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never used mms function




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  Reply # 461886 23-Apr-2011 21:52
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Problem is that it looks like crap everytime I have done it. something along the way was turning a barely acceptable image into something icon sized.




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  Reply # 461888 23-Apr-2011 21:56
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Well, ever tried looking at a photo on something like a Nokia 2730 (or crappier!) it looks like crap

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  Reply # 461893 23-Apr-2011 22:55
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Dratsab:
dclegg: I do, primarily for sharing photos with my wife.


Too much information... Laughing


same, i lol'ed when i read that. 

i use gmail to send photos between android phones-instant notification. cant be bothered with mms as it costs extra. email is included in my paid data bundle. 

i think in Japan, mms is treated just like sms (ie it is included in the bundles and cost the same as sms)





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  Reply # 461895 23-Apr-2011 23:43
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richms: Problem is that it looks like crap everytime I have done it. something along the way was turning a barely acceptable image into something icon sized.

My original HTC ROM compressed them to 50kb or so. My current stock android rom just packs them down to under 300kb. I think not all phones can handle them this big however.

I just take a picture and 1click upload it to imgur using Tim Clark's app from the market myself. 

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I never send mms, I email most of the time. 20c for mms is too expensive for my likings

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  Reply # 461910 24-Apr-2011 09:22
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I use MMS occasionally but agree with Richms they look like crap if you try to take them off and do something with them. The MMS standard for WCDMA needs to be enhanced to allow larger pictures to be sent not the postage stamps we have now. What's the point of a 8Mpix camera when the send resolution is only about 10% of that..




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