May 10th, 2012, 06:03 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Xilinhot, China 中国锡林浩特
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Originally Posted by jsknight100
Thanks my old phone had the capacity I am just surprised a smart phone does not have that capability!
Modern smart phones do have that capability, BUT it's the 20+ year old GSM network technology itself that limits SMS to 140 characters.
You can indeed send messages longer than 140 chars. But what's actually happening the phone is dividing the long message into 140 char chunks. So you enter say a 200 char message, your phone divides it into separate 140 char + 60 char chunks, sends it as two separate SMSs, recipient's phone concatenates the two SMSs into a single seamless 200 char message. Of course you are billed for two separate SMSs by the carrier.
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