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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by andrew53517, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. andrew53517

    andrew53517 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    So I was having an intense discussion with one of my friends via text message, and whenever I send a message over a 160 characters I get this BS from verizon:

    Messages sent to non-VZW customers with graphics/tones/formatting and or 160+ characters are sent as plain text with only the first 160 characters.

    WTF?! are you kidding me?! the rest of it gets CUT OFF?! thats boggus! Why is that?!

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  2. Deleted User

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    Call Verizon and ask them.
  3. Zephyrmoon

    Zephyrmoon Newbie

    I run into that too. I had switched from At&t and most people I contact is on At&t. When I write a lengthy text, it sends it in two texts instead of one. I called Verizon about this and that is how they explained it to me. I think everyone gets the full message, just in two texts.
  4. jujigote

    jujigote Newbie

    I use handcent and it has a setting that automatically sends 2 text after 160 characters without getting that VZW message
  5. andrew53517

    andrew53517 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Oh really? So handcent fixes that problem?
  6. MisterEff

    MisterEff Android Enthusiast

    Yes handcent fixes it. My old phone did the same thing. It is verizon's problem
  7. andrew53517

    andrew53517 Android Enthusiast
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    Alright! Just added it! Its got sickkk features! Thanks guys! =)
  8. brettlewis

    brettlewis Android Expert

    I have been on verizon for 6 years now and it has always done that. However, even though it says that my friends have always gotten the full message in 2 parts.
  9. superdesi

    superdesi Android Enthusiast

    Get handcent one of the best txting programs out there. it fixes this and many other issues that you would have never even thought abt!! :D
  10. Tymanthius

    Tymanthius Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's only Vzn that does it. I get long msg's from my friends who are on another network split into 2 or more parts as well.

    I'd be willing to bet it's part of the 'standard', and that there is no standard to handle longer messages. But each network has a way to handle long messages in house.

    Just my thoughts, they are worth what you paid for them.
  11. Turtledroid

    Turtledroid Newbie

    Yeah, the SMS standard is 160 characters. SMS, or Short Messaging Service, is designed to use the unused signaling resources of telephony and switched networks (meaning for no additional cost to the carrier), of which 160 7-bit characters fits neatly into a signaling packet. SMS was initially 128 bytes, but was later improved to 140 bytes (160 7-bit characters), which is also why Twitter is limited to 140 characters. There are apps that let you send longer message via SMS and Twitter, but they are breaking them up into 160 character chunks just the same. And it's why messages longer than 160 characters, or messages with graphics or special formatting get sent in plain text if they have to go from one carrier to another.

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