Multimedia Messaging Service or MMS is a telecommunication standard for sending messages with a multimedia object. These multimedia objects include images, audio, video clips and rich text. It allows the mobile phone user to enjoy a longer message length and use WAP to display content. It can send photos with voice recording on another MMS enabled handset. Different phone features like e-mail, WAP and photo sharing through wireless means like infrared and Bluetooth is much more enjoyable with the use of MMS.
E-mail and Web-based gateways to multimedia messaging system are very common nowadays. The content servers can typically receive service requests from WAP and different HTTP browsers.
Unlike short messaging, MMS requires a number of handset parameters to be set up. Service settings are sometimes preconfigured on the handset. But because of the changes in mobile capabilities, network service providers are constantly developing ways to deliver better services to their mobile users. Settings for data services are now being sent through the use of OTA or over-the-air programming that optimizes updates of configuration data handsets and SIM cards. This makes the easier distribution of updates for new software to handsets and mobile phones with the use of access services like MMS or WAP possible. OTA messaging provides a remote control of mobile phones. Remote controlled services include activation of subscription, personalized and programming new services for Telco third parties and mobile operators.
When a handset is used for the first time, it automatically receives MMS settings from its wireless service provider. If you accidentally removed or mistakenly changed the settings, here are the steps to follow on reconfiguring your handset's MMS setting.
- Go to your phone MMS setting.
- Select MMS option.
- Check if your phone has a preset MMS setting.
- If there is none, provide the information on the boxes that requires information. The following information can come from your service provider.
- Server name: the wireless service provider name
- Gateway address: where the MMS server is located, usually an IP address.
- Port number: this is the HTTP port number used for connecting to the MMS server for data transfer.
- Server address: the server's URL address where multimedia messages are stored.
- Connect via: contains the selection of connection that your phone can use.
- WAP Version: this depends on the version being used by your wireless service provider.
- If your mobile phone already has a preset setting, it is best not to change these settings anymore.
Sending a multimedia message is only possible if both handsets are capable of sending and receiving MMS. Multimedia content that has been created by a brand of MMS phone may not be entirely compatible from the capabilities of other providers. If the network mobile operator does not have a content adaptation feature like image resizing and audio codec transcoding, then the recipient would not be able to view or use the MMS content sent.
Mobile phones nowadays are designed to fit every person's lifestyle and needs. It is your choice on how you can use the full features of your phone. Creating the right MMS settings for your phone will help you enjoy your phone's best features and explore the wide world of wireless communication.