You want to send an MMS across borders?

Then you must be joking — or so, T-Mobile seems to believe. Playing around with my new mobile phone a little more, I attempted to send an MMS (a multimedia message sent from a mobile phone) to a mobile phone in Luxembourg. First surprise, the pho…

Then you must be joking — or so, T-Mobile seems to believe.

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Playing around with my new mobile phone a little more, I attempted to send an MMS (a multimedia message sent from a mobile phone) to a mobile phone in Luxembourg. First surprise, the phone launches GPRS in order to send the message — it seems this is actually an Internet-based service. Second surprise, the recipient didn’t get the image she was supposed to get, but instead an SMS telling her at what URL she could view the MMS that had been sent to her.I’m amazed ever again by the unflexibility often found in so-called “intelligent” network designs, and amused by the fact that smart services deployed there have to resort to the well-functioning “stupid” Internet under the hood. (But at least they have DRM (specifications here), so the controlled, intelligent mobile phone networks must be a much better environment for commerce than that stupid, uncontrolled Internet thing is, don’t you think?)Related reading elsewhere: Decentralization and Commodification, Cell phone user rights considered harmful.