AT&T says iPhone to get picture messaging

NEW YORK (AP) - September 3, 2009 Apple Inc.'s popular phone has lacked the ability to send messages using MMS, or Multimedia Messaging Service, since the first model launched in 2007.

The original model still won't be able to send MMS. Its users will have to keep sending pictures in e-mail. The new feature applies to the 3G model, launched last year, and the 3GS, launched this year.

A software update this summer prepared the latest phones for MMS, but AT&T, the sole iPhone carrier in the U.S., held off on enabling the feature to make sure its network could handle the traffic.

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