Updated: Clarified When MMS officially became available
Sprint no longer offers Picture Mail to its feature phone subscribers. Picture Mail was a proprietary service that Sprint offered to its feature phone customers beginning in 2002 because, at the time it didn't offer proper MMS service. Sprint launched MMS service officially in 2006, but also offered Picture Mail as an alternative to select handsets that didn't support the OMA MMS standard. According to Sprint, MMS is still available to its feature phones, but, effective April 30, Picture Mail is no longer available.
I was getting Picture Mail texts from Sprint subscribers as recently as 2012. Most often they were Blackberry users or on a crappy Android, and to view their messages I had to open up a webpage, which 90% of the time had a broken link to the photo. Awful "service" it was and I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.
For the love of me I can;t understand why this service lasted this long. If they've had proper MMS service since 2006, this should've been scrapped long ago. Just like they shut down shortmail, when they got proper sms. Shortmail was also another lous... (continues)