Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens have announced they will implement EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service). They said they will work together to ensure interoperability between their products and also in the evolution of the EMS standard.
EMS adds powerful new functionality to the popular text-based SMS (Short Messaging Service).
Using EMS, mobile phone users can add life to their text messages in the form of images, melodies, and animations.
The EMS standard was defined by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), the same standardisation body from which GSM and the standardisation of SMS (Short Messaging Services) originated.
EMS-enabled telephones will begin shipping from the end of Q2 this year, however, because EMS is tied to new product launches, this timescale will vary across manufacturers.