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A case against the moving from sms to mms - Will the multicolored animated picture messages of MMS ever completely replace the 160 text characters of SMS?

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ELEMI ATIGOLO-9804607 UNIT 354 ADVANCED TOPICS IN NETWORK Advanced Topics in Networks, first assignment, University of East London, Dagenham, Essex A CASE AGAINST THE MOVING FROM SMS TO MMS WILL THE MULTICOLORED ANIMATED PICTURE MESSAGES OF MMS EVER COMPLETELY REPLACE THE 160 TEXT CHARACTERS OF SMS? CONTENTS PAGES ABSTRACT 3 INTRODUCTION 3 THE NEW CHALLENGER 5 WHAT IS MMS? 5 PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSITION 5 CONCLUSION 8 EVALUATION 8 MOVING FROM SMS TO MMS WILL THE MULTICOLORED ANIMATED PICTURE MESSAGES OF MMS EVER COMPLETELY REPLACE THE 160 TEXT CHARACTERS OF SMS? ABSTRACT The Short Message Service (SMS) has become the most widely used person-to-person messaging medium throughout the GSM world. It has proven to be an extremely successful paradigm and has shown itself useful in server-to person and server-to-server applications found in information services and vehicle tracking. The "instant" culture surrounding SMS has been an unexpected surprise, its popularity especially among young mobile phone users, who often send more than 100 short messages per month; has made SMS a real marketing contender. Successful as SMS is, it risks being dethroned by a new messaging service known as MMS (Multimedia Message service). MMS is a hot topic at present and has been hyped in and out of the mobile industry as the next phase in mobile messaging technology. ...read more.

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PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSITION One of the documented problems associated with the over anticipated move from SMS to MMS is the issue of handset vendors. As handset vendors push to complete MMS solutions there is likely to be an amount of variation between vendors when interpreting technical specifications, although leading vendors have signed an agreement to ensure interoperability in reality they will be focusing on their own offerings. If users with mobile devices from different manufacturers cannot send messages to each other or network operators discover that mobile devices will not communicate correctly with their MMS service Centers then the transition from SMS to MMS will be a complete disaster. Another problem also related to the MMS structure is to do with the issue of service centers, in the same way as SMS requires a Service Centre to store and forward short messages, MMS requires a Service Centre to manage the flow of multimedia messages the complete architecture can be viewed in fig 1.1 4 MMS architecture Fig 1.1 Architecture problems could arise between service centers, at present the only guarantee is that a vendor's own MMS Client will communicate with the vendor's own Service Centre, Service Centers may not communication with each other and MMS Clients and Service Centers may not be interoperable if this happens there will be major problems when different server centers and clients need to communicate. ...read more.

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Presented as the future of mobile messaging and the next big thing MMS suffers from many problems which clearly out weigh its potential benefits a victim of the hype syndrome MMS is nothing more than a passing fad a "white" elephant. The old phase "if it isn't broke why fix it" comes to mind, SMS is hear to stay the fact that the growth of SMS surprised the industry serves to further illustrate the difficulty of forecasting the future as SMS continues to flourish MMS will simple fall by the waist side. Industry does not dictate which application will be the killer, we do. EVALUATION In the process of conducting this report extensive research was carried out, this included analysing various articles, journals and white papers from the web. My main source of information came from using Internet search engines such as Yahoo, Lycos and Google. I found the Google search engine to be the best source for information, however in general many company sites presented biased views e.g. towards a move for SMS to MMS and general white papers, by only presenting the advantages of these using MMS. I completed the report and attempted to build a case for not moving to MMS from SMS based on the research I undertook; I feel I managed to portrait some of the potential pitfall and show why moving from SMS to MMS would cause many problems. ...read more.

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