Feeds

Verizon launches MMS

But carrier shall not picture message unto carrier

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

US carrier Verizon has launched a picture messaging service that's compatible with the global MMS standard. But you can't send picture messages to friends on rival networks - at least, not yet.

Verizon is a CDMA carrier, but has opted to go with the MMS standard that's used worldwide by GSM networks. The bundles announced today are attractive compared to rivals' premium pricing. A $2.99 package, for example bundles 20 messages and each additional picture message is 25c.

But true interoperability remains elusive. GSM networks have had enough teething problems getting cross-carrier MMS up and running: services were launched last summer and interoperability issues were only resolved this spring. The slow but steady growth of picture messaging in Europe promises to be a money spinner for cash-strapped carriers.

However, a spokesman for Verizon characterized the issues as political, rather than technical. "None of our competitors seem interested," he told us. Plus ça change... ®

Related Stories

Send to Mobile = brass in pocket
Mobile messaging revenues carry on climbing
GSM heads for 50pc of US phones
MMS to boom - Nokia

The essential guide to IT transformation

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.