Things you need to know about MMS

Back to Multi-Media Messaging Service.


1. How to activate MMS?

Once you have an MMS handset, you need to activate your MMS/GPRS settings first. For more instructions on how to do this, go to Once done, send a multimedia message to activate the service.

2. What is MMS? What are the benefits of MMS?

MMS stands for multi-media messaging services. MMS is the evolution of SMS or Short Message Service that allows subscribers to send messages containing text, graphics, photographic images, audio and even video clips between MMS-capable mobile devices using WAP-GPRS.

3. How is MMS related to GPRS?

Since MMS messages are heavier in size, the faster way of downloading and sending is via GPRS. Therefore this means that you use GPRS as the medium for sending MMS messages.

Sending of MMS messages via CSD (circuit switched data) is possible but response time will be really slow.

4. What content & services are available in MMS?

The services are:
Photo MMS
International Photo MMS
Video MMS
International Video MMS
myGlobe WAP
Colored Wallpaper

5. How can I send MMS?

a. Take a photo, video or audio recording using your camera-equipped MMS phone.
b. To send, go to the Message folder. Choose Multi-media Message. Type in your message and attach the photo, video or audio recording by clicking INSERT and then choose image (by default, most handsets have an IMAGES folder where the photos are stored).
c. If your recipient is in another country, don’t forget to include the country code.

6. What is the relation of MMS with WAP?

The pictures that are downloaded via MMS are available on the mobile internet. WAP gives access to the mobile internet.

7. What is the difference with SMS?

SMS allows you to send plain text messages. MMS allows the sending of, in addition to text messages, static or animated pictures with sound clips to a Mobile Number or an email address.

8. Is MMS available nationwide?

Yes. MMS may be accessed via GPRS which is currently available nationwide.

9. What if subscribers have a handset that is not MMS-capable, can they still receive MMS messages?

No, if it is a non-MMS capable handset (or what is commonly known as a legacy phone), they will only be alerted via SMS that they have an MMS message which they can view on the web.

10. How do subscribers view MMS messages via web?

The SMS notification will contain the address or URL that the user needs to access together with a system-generated user name and password. All you have to do is access this URL via web. (Quickwin software is required to access the URL. If the PC does not have this software, an option will be flashed on screen for installation.)

11. How different is MMS from sending picture messages?

The picture messages that are currently available have low resolution (large pixels) and are grayscaled (not colored).

With MMS, pictures with different image formats which have better resolution and which are colored may now be accessible. Formats available are:

BMP (Bitmap Picture)
GIF 87a (Graphics Interchange Format)
GIF 89a (animation support)
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
MBM (EPOC bitmap)
PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
WBMP (Wireless Bitmap Picture)
TIFF-F (Tag Image File Format - F Profile for Facsimile)

12. How many pictures can be stored on an MMS-capable handset?

You can store dozens of images. The exact number is difficult to say since it depends on a number of factors, such as the size of your handset’s internal/external memory, the amount of your downloaded applications, saved messages and others.

13. What is the average size of an MMS message?

The average size of an MMS message is around 10 kB with text and 30 kB with text, image and audio.

14. What is the maximum size of a picture that can be included in an MMS?

The maximum size is 300kb per MMS message.

15. Can an MMS message be sent to several recipients at once?

Similar to SMS, you can define several recipients of an MMS message. The MMS message will then be sent to all recipients defined. Recipients can be a combination of mobile numbers and email addresses.

16. Is MMS available for all Globe Telecom subscribers?

Yes, MMS is available to all Globe Postpaid, Prepaid and Touch Mobile subscribers.

17. Can I send an MMS message to a non-Globe sub who has an MMS compatible handset?

Yes, you may now send to other mobile networks.