Etisalat suspends MMS registration

UAE telecoms operator Etisalat has temporarily halted new registrations for its Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS) in order to expand capacity.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  October 7, 2003

UAE telecoms operator Etisalat has temporarily halted new registrations for its Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS) in order to expand capacity.

The service has received an overwhelming response from subscribers. More than 200,000 people have registered for MMS since it was introduced last July.

“We are delighted by the response to this service, and we are now in the process of expanding capacity. Due to this expansion, we are not adding any more new registrations to the service for the time being,” says an Etisalat spokesman.

Customers who have already subscribed to the service will continue to send and receive messages free of charge.

MMS is the multimedia evolution of SMS messaging. It allows customers with MMS-enabled mobile handsets to capture special moments by sending, receiving and forwarding colour pictures, animated images, audio and video content over the mobile network to another mobile or to an email address.

Once the promotional period is over, Etisalat will charge Dhs30 to register for the service and then 90fils per MMS message, with a capacity of 50Kb per message.

Registration for the MMS service has so far been possible by either using an SMS message or by calling Etisalat’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service.

The telecoms operator has yet to announce when registration for MMS will resume.

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