Thanks for the history lesson Batman. But I'm fairly certain us terrible, blasphemous US-based customers would have answered any polling questions that the MMS is essential in any smart phone, or frankly almost every regular cell phone. It also has a lot to do with our archaic cell phone network, but I won’t get into that. I don't ask someone for their phone number, their e-mail, their home address and their SSN every time I met a new person unless I were to get a business card or something of the sort.
Sending pictures to a phone number is a key service, now if you want to make a phone number to e-mail database and set it up running the net and 3G appropriately I'm all for it. BUT, not everyone has constant internet access. SO removing a key feature makes YOU the dick.
Trying to change a standard to something better is one thing, but eliminating a service because you believe your idea is better, is a DICK move because -you- think you are smarter than the world. Gotta use the technology available son.
Otherwise, love the phone.