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6/8/2009
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AT&T Comes Clean (Sort Of) On iPhone MMS Support And Tethering

According to an AT&T spokesperson, support for MMS is coming soon, as is a tethering plan. These features won't be available when the iPhone 3GS launches, however, because AT&T is in the middle of conducting "system upgrades."

According to an AT&T spokesperson, support for MMS is coming soon, as is a tethering plan. These features won't be available when the iPhone 3GS launches, however, because AT&T is in the middle of conducting "system upgrades."Here are the words straight from the horse's mouth:

"We absolutely will offer MMS on iPhone 3G S in late summer once we complete some system upgrades that will ensure our customers have the best experience with MMS. These upgrades are unrelated to our 3G network. We plan to offer a tethering plan, but don't have an announcement to make at this time on that."

As for pricing...

iPhone 3G S: Pricing for new and qualifying customers is $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB)

If you are not currently eligible for an upgrade but still want iPhone 3G S, early upgrade prices are $399 (16GB) and $499 (32GB)

No-commitment pricing: $599 (16GB) and $699 (32GB)

iPhone 3G: iPhone 3G will cost $99 (8GB) and, while supplies last, $149 (16GB)

If you are not currently eligible for an upgrade but still want iPhone 3G, early upgrade prices are $299 (8GB) and, while supplies last, $349 (16GB)

No-commitment pricing: $499 (8GB) and, while supplies last, $549 (16GB)

This information comes directly from AT&T. "System upgrades" isn't the best excuse I've ever heard, but it's something. Why AT&T can support MMS on nearly all of its other handsets, but not the iPhone 3GS is simply inexplicable.

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