Sam Brown

Receive Multimedia Messages on your O2 UK iPhone

Ok, not exactly the MMS from Apple that we have all been hoping for for the longest time but O2 have created a great alternative solution, for the time being anyway.

I received a text today informing me that I had received a ‘media message’ and that I could view it by visiting and typing in my mobile number and a pin that was included with the text message.

Sure enough, visiting the URL and entering my details allowed me to not only view the multimedia message (be it a picture, audio clip or video) that was intended for my mobile but I could reply straight from the web interface. I know this isn’t the perfect solution everyone has been wanting on the iPhone, but suffice to say it will do for now!

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Sam Brown 18 December 2008, 06:42 #1

Also note, I’m not sure how long this service has been available. This is the first I have heard of it and probably the first media message I have received in a long time. Could very well be old news.

Andy 18 December 2008, 06:57 #2

It’s been around since long before the original iPhone, aimed at all those people with very old phones that can’t show pictures. Oh, the irony. Did you really think it was a good experience? It felt really fiddly to me when I got sent one. An iphone optimised site would be much better. However, maybe it has been improved since I last got an MMS (probably about 2-3 months ago).

Alan 18 December 2008, 06:57 #3

I think this has been there for a while for “older” phones that don’t support MMS. It’s better than nothing but it is a poor solution for the iPhone.

I particularly like that they reduce a decent size picture down and put it under a phone overlay. You need to click on the phone overlay image to view the full size image.

Sam Brown 18 December 2008, 07:00 #4

I figured it had probably been around for a while and as Andy said the lack of an iPhone optimised version is a real pain in the ass.

Appreciate the fact that as an iPhone customer I now get these messages as opposed to never seeing them at all.

Tim Van Damme 18 December 2008, 10:12 #5

Same thing here in Belgium, but instead of getting an SMS notification, it goes straight to my mailbox. Easy!

Sam Brown 18 December 2008, 12:38 #6

@Tim: Now that’s what I want!

Chris Rowe 29 December 2008, 11:08 #7

It would be nice if they spent their time developing a tidy little App which handled the MMS rather than rubbish christmas gifts.

alex 10 January 2009, 10:33 #8

Hey Sam,

Quick heads up on something I stumbled accross, Not sure how long its been out but I found it about 10 minutes ago and remembered this article!

Probably THE BEST free app from the appstore, its called MMS and you put in your phone number and pin into the app and whenever you run the app it checks o2 for any mms’s and downloads them straight to your phone! you can save the images, forward them, reply and send picture via mms straight to other peoples phone.

Breakthrough or what!


alex 10 January 2009, 10:40 #9

Update… Looks like you have to add credit to reply/send, BUT they do say they hope to get the cost down and or get it taken from inclusive minutes, however they would do that. Lots of the reviews are speculating o2 may buy it out.

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.