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Cannot send/receive special characters in SMSSupport

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  1. moshemoshe

    moshemoshe New Member

    When ever I try to text ANY special characters, the character itself comes up as a ? and a space is placed between each character in the entire text, even when I text other androids or myself. Like, when I text myself

    Hablo Espa

  2. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    Are you stock or rooted?
  3. Thorsten

    Thorsten Well-Known Member

    This is due to longstanding limitation of the U.S. implementation of SMS (Short Message Service; the texting-by-phone protocol), going back to those times when bandwidth was really expensive/limited, even for the big telcos.

    The thinking apparently was something along those lines: since U.S. residents can speak or write absolutely no language other than English (riiiiiiiiiiiiight? :D:D:D), it would save some space if text messages would only use 7 bits per character, just like the ancient ASCII standard. Since absolutely no letters beyond the basic A-Z are covered by ASCII, it is impossible to use it to properly write Spanish, French (Hello, Quebec!) or most other Latin-based languages. (And you can completely forget about Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese etc. etc.)

    So there you have it
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  4. Britt47

    Britt47 New Member

    I've been experiencing this issue since I bought my phone. I'm not sure if additional language packs are needed, so I wish to clarify any information here on this forum.

    I am unable to successfully send and receive special characters in my text messages. When I attempt to send a special character (e.g.
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  5. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

  6. moshemoshe

    moshemoshe New Member

    I'm rooted, benslgdroid, but I feel like, because of what Thorsten said, it doesn't really make a difference....
  7. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    Threads are of the same issue so they have been merged to have all info in one place.
  8. Britt47

    Britt47 New Member

  9. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    It's all the same topic now ;)
  10. eirikurr

    eirikurr New Member

    This problem is easily fixed. Open the Messages app, go to Settings and select Input Mode - Unicode. Fixed!
  11. Thorsten

    Thorsten Well-Known Member

  12. badblue1

    badblue1 * TRUCKS ARE BEAUTIFUL * VIP Member

    I am rooted and have a lot of choices under settings, but no input mode?
  13. MacFett

    MacFett Well-Known Member

    This isn't an app issue this is because in the united States there are very few special characters used so SMS will not send with special characters. If you are able to send one chances are you have a 3rd party messaging app and it is sending the message via their servers and not your carrier.
  14. jazzman06

    jazzman06 New Member

    that fixed my cyrillic in a sec :) !
    all texts sent from Samsung Galaxy S3 mini Android 4.1.2 in Cyrillic
    were unreadable on other phones ( iphone, etc) and appeared as ???????
    the UNICODE trick fixed it !

    thanks :)

    P.S. just for the info , i am in Europe - France on Free mobile network.
  15. tt02002

    tt02002 New Member

    cannot fix code why is that?
  16. MacFett

    MacFett Well-Known Member

    Could you give more info?

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