I've had my Optimus V for about three months now. MMS worked fine at the start and then two months ago a couple of people sent me pics. Wouldn't work but it isn't the end of the world. I contacted VM and tried the pulling the battery fix. No joy. Then I got onto a tech that told me to reactivate the phone. Well it worked. Yay!
Yesterday a couple of friends tried to send pics and nothing. The usual expired message came up. I had written down the reactivate instructions but with all good intentions they were lost somewhere. Called VM and got the usual pull battery answer. Nope didn't work again. Called again and got a tech that gave me the instructions to reactivate. Did so last night and still no joy this morning. Did a little research on the net and downloaded Handcent. Had someone send me a pic and it came straight through. Tried to download it using stock messaging and still get the expired message.
Will this work from now on using Handcent? Who knows. I still have to play with Handcent settings because I was comfortable with the stock messaging setup.
As far as MMS goes I believe that pics retrieved using Handcent come through their servers and not VM. That may be why the pics get through using the different messaging service. Others far more in the know may be able to shed more light on this.
I got tired of surfing the net to find any help and joined this forum in the hope that my experience would at least help some people who are having the same problem.