The non-availability of the MMS feature for 1st generation iPhone (iPhone 2G) was probably one of the most disappointing news for iPhone 2G users that was announced at the WWDC 2009 Keynote address.
In fact, the MMS feature is not available currently to even iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in the US. Some folks had figured out a way to enable MMS on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
Fortunately, it turns out that there is a way to also enable MMS on a jailbroken iPhone 2G.
Some important points before you attempt to enable MMS on your iPhone 2G:
- You should try this ONLY on an iPhone 2G (1st generation iPhone). If you use this method on iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS then you might end up bricking your iPhone and will have to restore it. iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users can refer to this guide.
- You need a iPhone 2G with iPhone OS 3.0 running on it.
- iPhone 2G must be jailbroken.
- Since this is a hack, please proceed with caution and at your own risk.
Here is the step-by-step guide for enabling the MMS service on your jailbroken iPhone 2G:
Step 1: Launch Cydia by clicking on the Cydia App
Step 2: Once Cydia loads, go to the Search option at the bottom right.
Step 3: Now type in ActiveMMS2G in the Search box in order to find this application
Step 4: Once you find the application, click on the Install button and then Confirm button at the top right corner
Step 5: This will install the application on your iPhone 2G. Once the installation is complete, press the Reboot Device button in order to restart your iPhone.
Step 6: Go to Settings > Messages. And make sure the MMS Messaging option is set to On.
Step 7: After your iPhone has restarted, Press Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network.
Under the Cellular Data Network you should be able to see a new MMS Settings option. ActiveMMS2G will ENABLE the MMS feature on the
3.0 firmware. It will NOT input the correct settings for your carrier.
Step 8: Under the MMS Settings, fill up the required values. Remember, every network provider will have different values to be entered. Therefore MMS will only work once the correct carrier settings are set.
Following is how the MMS Settings page for a T-mobile customer in US will look like. You can also click here to view the information.
Step 9: Once done. click on the Network button at the top-left and then click on the Home button to go to the Home Screen. Now Turn OFF your iPhone 2G and then Turn it ON.
Step 10: Now, open the native SMS App on your iPhone and you should be able to see a camera icon right beside the text box.
Step 11: Click on that Camera icon. You can either take a photo or press the Choose Existing button.
Step 12: This should display the smaller version of the photo selected by you inside the message box.
Step 13: Well, that’s about it. Your should be able to send and receive pictures by using the MMS feature on your iPhone 2G.
As always, please let us know how it goes and if you found this guide useful in our comment section below.