Multimedia Messaging Service

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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from a mobile phone over a cellular network.wikipedia
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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from a mobile phone over a cellular network.
In addition to telephony, 2000s-era mobile phones support a variety of other services, such as text messaging, MMS, email, Internet access, short-range wireless communications (infrared, Bluetooth), business applications, video games, and digital photography.

Camera phone

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The most common use involves sending photographs from camera-equipped handsets.
The resulting technologies, Multimedia Messaging Service and Sha-Mail, were developed parallel to and in competition to open Internet-based mobile communication provided by GPRS and later 3G networks.

Wireless Application Protocol

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The 3GPP and WAP groups fostered the development of the MMS standard, which is now continued by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). An SMS "control message" containing the URL of the content is then sent to the recipient's handset to trigger the receiver's WAP browser to open and receive the content from the embedded URL.
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a combination of WAP and SMS allowing for sending of picture messages.

Open Mobile Alliance

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The 3GPP and WAP groups fostered the development of the MMS standard, which is now continued by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

Multimedia

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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from a mobile phone over a cellular network.

MMS Architecture

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The MMS Architecture is the set of standards used by the Multimedia Messaging Service in mobile networks.

Value-added service

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For mobile phones, technologies like SMS, MMS and data access were historically usually considered value-added services, but in recent years SMS, MMS and data access have more and more become core services, and VAS therefore has begun to exclude those services.

Over-the-air programming

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In the context of the mobile content world these include over-the-air service provisioning (OTASP), over-the-air provisioning (OTAP) or over-the-air parameter administration (OTAPA), or provisioning handsets with the necessary settings with which to access services such as WAP or MMS.

SMS

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Multimedia messaging service was built using the technology of SMS messaging, first developed in 1984 as a captive technology which enabled service providers to "collect a fee every time anyone snaps a photo."

Network switching subsystem

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This allows mobile phones to have access to services such as WAP, MMS and the Internet.

Short code

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Short codes, or short numbers, are short digit sequences, significantly shorter than telephone numbers, that are used to address messages in the Multimedia Messaging System (MMS) and short message service (SMS) systems of mobile network operators.

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language

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SMIL 2.1 includes a small number of extensions based on practical experience gathered using SMIL in the Multimedia Messaging System on mobile phones.

Mobile marketing

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This mobile content is delivered via MMS (Multimedia Message Service).

Enhanced Messaging Service

EMS
EMS is an intermediate technology, between SMS and MMS, providing some of the features of MMS.

Slide show

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Unlike text-only SMS, MMS can deliver a variety of media, including up to forty seconds of video, one image, a slideshow of multiple images, or audio.

Photograph

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The most common use involves sending photographs from camera-equipped handsets.

3GPP

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The 3GPP and WAP groups fostered the development of the MMS standard, which is now continued by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

Smartphone

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This is due in part to the wide adoption of smartphones.

MIME

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The first step is for the sending device to encode the multimedia content in a fashion similar to sending a MIME message (MIME content formats are defined in the MMS Message Encapsulation specification).

Mobile network operator

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The message is then forwarded to the carrier's MMS store and forward server, known as the MMSC (Multimedia Messaging Service Centre).

Store and forward

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The message is then forwarded to the carrier's MMS store and forward server, known as the MMSC (Multimedia Messaging Service Centre).

Hypertext Transfer Protocol

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If so, the content is extracted and sent to a temporary storage server with an HTTP front-end.

URL

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An SMS "control message" containing the URL of the content is then sent to the recipient's handset to trigger the receiver's WAP browser to open and receive the content from the embedded URL.

MSISDN

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A database is usually maintained by the operator, and in it each mobile phone number is marked as being associated with a legacy handset or not.

Email

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E-mail and web-based gateways to the MMS system are common.