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AT&T to Welcome iPhone Users to 2003 Tomorrow

iphonemmsAT&T has finally completed the very important “internal system upgrades” that prevented it from supporting multimedia messaging service on Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone. And at some point late tomorrow morning, the carrier will release an update enabling MMS.

“We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25,” AT&T explained on its official Facebook page. “Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes.”

Assuming everything goes as planned. And sources inside AT&T (T) tell DSL Reports that the carrier is “very nervous” that it might not. “AT&T and its MMS partners are already seeing ‘record traffic during peak hours of the night’ with just the users selected for testing,” the publication says. “That early testing has been a little rocky, with AT&T seeing a fairly significant test outage yesterday that has them rushing to beef up their MMSC messaging servers. Estimates among those working on the project are that traffic on AT&T’s wireless network will be about 40 percent higher all day on Friday as iPhone users fire pictures and video at one another.”