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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a store and forward messaging service that allows mobile subscribers to exchange multimedia messages with other mobile subscribers. As such it can be seen as an evolution of SMS, with MMS supporting the transmission of additional media types:

  • Text
  • Picture
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Combinations
    of the above

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is an important emerging service, which allows the sending of multiple media in a single message, and the ability to send a message to multiple recipients.

The originator can easily create a Multimedia Message, either using a built-in or accessory camera, or can use images and sounds stored previously in the phone (and possibly downloaded from a web site). Even if the recipient phone is not switched on, the Multimedia Message will be stored and sent to the recipient as soon as they switch on their phone. In a non-roaming case, it is expected that the subscriber will allow a Multimedia Message to be downloaded automatically to their phone and then they would be notified and could see the Multimedia Message immediately. A number of Multimedia Messages can be stored in the users handset and reviewed or forwarded at a later date. Each Multimedia Message contains a number of pages (think of a PowerPoint slide show as an analogy). On each page, there can be one image and one set of text. An audio file can also be attached. The time that each “page” is displayed can be specified, so the user experience is somewhat like a slide show.

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