It’s been a long and winding road for AT&T and the iPhone. The iPhone initially launched without any 3G support. The iPhone 3G solved that problem, and added GPS. Most recently iPhone 3GS finally added video recording and a magnetic compass. Come Friday (September 25th) morning, AT&T will at long last flip the switch on their iPhone MMS service, giving picture happy customers an outlet for all their spur-of-the-moment cameraphone pics. That is, unless you’re still using an original first-generation iPhone.
AT&T confirmed, through their Facebook page, that iPhone MMS will be fully rolled out nationwide by late morning on Friday. We’re expecting Big Blue to push out a carrier settings update file through iTunes. That’s great news and all for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users with iPhone OS 3.0 installed, but doesn’t really do much for original iPhone users. Regardless of iPhone OS 3.0’s ability to handle MMS, some sort of hardware limitation will keep first-gen iPhone users from sending picture messages all willy-nilly.
If you’re really dying to get MMS on your first-gen iPhone, you’ll probably want to look into jailbreaking your iPhone and using a third-party MMS application.