Hi, I've got an issue with my iPhone 4S where I cannot send or receive MMS messages to/from non-iOS5 phones, I get 'Message Send Failure' and a red exclamation mark appears next to the message. I can send/receive MMS to people on iOS5 because it uses iMessage, where there doesn't seem to be an issue. When I first reported the issue O2 said is was a known issue with iOS5. I called back after iOS5.0.1 had been released and I'd installed it, and was told the issue is now resolved. Not for me it isn't! I've spoken to O2 support, O2 Guru online, and an O2 Guru in store. None of them have been able to resolve the issue, and we seem to be going round in circles by resetting/checking/double checking settings. The settings appear to be correct, and they've been checked several times over. I have tried a soft reset, Cellular Data 'Reset Settings', Reset Network Settings & a Restore via iTunes. Has anybody else had the same issue? More importantly, did it get fixed? I'm pulling my hair out on this one! Cheers
I am having exactly the same problem. I can send mms through imessage but not as an ordinary message. Seems to make no difference whether I'm in a 3g, edge, wireless or gprs network :( Very frustrating. I think it has only been a problem for me since the ios 5.0.1 update. It was working perfectly well before! Any help would be appreciated. Oh, I CAN receive them however, though it takes a long while to come through.
Right, my phone is working. This is a fix that DEFINITELY WORKS for me. Been on a bit of a mission today!
I spoke to Apple, who told me to contact o2 and get the carrier settings updated because every time you upgrade the carrier settings are affected. The guy was that confident, he told me that if o2 couldnt sort it, to ask them to conference call with him and we'd sort it out 3 ways.
So I rang O2 and they said that Apple were wrong. O2 said that the iphone carrier settings are updated within itunes. Dont worry about the detail there - fact is, o2 said it wasnt them and agreed the conference call. (having worked for a mobile operator when i was a kid and having a small idea of how things work from the company end, i have a sneaking suspicion that settings at o2's end were altered. I may be wrong).
We did the conference call, and Apple's bloke was great. So was o2's to be fair.
This is what they did: settings - messages - check sms messaging is on, turn imessaging off settings - general - reset - reset network settings. Turn phone off and back on. settings - messages - turn imessaging back on (it takes a while to activate, but leave it until it does! If it doesnt, turn phone off and back on then go back to settings - general - it should say imessage is waiting for activation. WAIT until its ready! It can take several minutes. Go and send a photo - this worked for me. I didnt think it was, because it was hanging on 90% for absolutely ages. Apparently this is because the camera is better so the photo files are larger, so it just takes longer. Be patient, it may take 5 mins, maybe 8-10 mins (youll be waiting and expecting the red exclamation mark to appear! It wont) to send a photo but it will send.
When it sent, i then went to settings - general - network - wifi - then i re-entered my broadband key. I am fine being on wifi and sending picture messages now.
If youre able to do this accurately yourself, great but if not - or if it doesnt work, Id advise ringing your network provider and causing a stink over carrier settings, ask them to refresh them - they may say they cant, thats fine. If theres something amiss, they may just 'deal' with it without telling you. I wouldnt ask them to turn carrier settings off and on though; use that option if this one doesnt work - because it takes over 24 hours you see. Then go to Apples website and set up and express lane call - they'll call you immediately. Your iphone 4s will be within its 3 month warranty. Get them to call you on a landline phone so you can keep your mobile free to allow Apple to talk you through stuff. To get your serial number, go to settings - general - about - and scroll down to serial number.
Got excited because I followed these steps and first 2 sent, then third one failed!!! One minor difference though is I am on simplicity so had to add the step of manually changing my mobile/mms settings! This is ridiculous though!!! I had my 3GS for 2 years with no problems with mms!