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    Maxiumum Text Messaging (SMS) Character Length

    Why can't text messages be longer? I am getting a new phone and after looking through the instructions, I noticed my old phone can type more characters. I hate getting cut off mid sentence by the character limit.

    I think it would be helpful to new phone purchasers if we compiled a list of the maximum number for SMS characters for each phone. I will start by adding the phones I own. Others should add for different phones they have experience with.

    Audiovox 8615 - 140 characters

    Samsung A640 - 160 characters

    LG 570 Muziq - 140 characters

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    Nokia 6275i - 160 characters

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    Yay!!
    I've found the first positive point of owning an a640!
    20 more characts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pll
    Yay!!
    I've found the first positive point of owning an a640!
    20 more characts!
    Yea, I almost don't want to give mine up for my new Lg Muziq that is coming.

    Do any of the Virgin phones allow the message to be longer but split up into multiple messages? I know the Audiovox 8615 and Samsung a640 cannot, but not sure about the Muziq since it is still in the mail. I know some phones will split up the message but not sure of which phones.

    Can anyone comment on the message length of the Samsung m510 or Motorola Krzr?

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    the max on the Razr is 140, but longer messages are split into multiples

    im guessing it should be the same on the krzr
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    If you use Diego and enable EMS on the 6275i, you can sent 904 characters Although I'm quite sure it would get split up into ~5 messages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shismo
    If you use Diego and enable EMS on the 6275i, you can sent 904 characters Although I'm quite sure it would get split up into ~5 messages.
    Yeah, I think the 6275i does split messages up. I hate hitting the limit though.

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    On the Razr, with a seem edit, I've boosted the limit from 140 to 450. However, the virgin mobile network doesn't seem to want to accept a short text message that is more than 160 characters long.

    So it starts counting down from 450 as I type. 450 - 160 is 290. So I stop typing when the counter goes from 450 to 290. That way I know I've typed 160 characters. 10 more than originally.

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    The m510 has a 140 character limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinw
    _____Why can't text messages be longer? I am getting a new phone and after looking through the instructions, I noticed my old phone can type more characters. I hate getting cut off mid sentence by the character limit.

    _____
    • If anyone is interested i found this info below when surfing the net for a answer the other night, Also anything over 160 characters (Or any maximum below that amount) if and or when sent will be split in to seperate messages up to the maximum chargacters per sms, also do not forget, most messages also count the number you are sending to and your phone number as part of the maximum character count as well.
    • If anyone is interested i found this info below when surfing the net for a answer the other night, Also anything over 160 characters (Or any maximum below that amount) if and or when sent will be split in to seperate messages up to the maximum chargacters per sms, also do not forget, most messages also count the number you are sending to and your phone number as part of the maximum character count as well.
    I think it would be helpful to new phone purchasers if we compiled a list of the maximum number for SMS characters for each phone. I will start by adding the phones I own. Others should add for different phones they have experience with.

    _____Audiovox 8615 - 140 characters
    _____Samsung A640 - 160 characters
    _____LG 570 Muziq - 140 characters
    _____I know this is a bit late, but this is what i found, Now even though the phones allow more than 140 characters, the wireless carriers may not, If anyone is interested i found this info below when surfing the net for a answer the other night, Also anything over 160 characters (Or any maximum below that amount) if and or when sent will be split in to seperate messages up to the maximum chargacters per sms, also do not forget, most messages also count the number you are sending to and your phone number as part of the maximum character count as well.

    Aliant (NBTel, MTT, NewTel, and Island Tel) Max 140 characters - [email protected]
    Alltel Max 116 characters - [email protected].
    Ameritech (ACSWireless) Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Arch Wireless Max http://www.arch.com/message/ (assumes blank PIN)
    AT&T Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    AU by KDDI Max 10000 characters - [email protected]
    BeeLine GSM Max 255 characters - [email protected]
    Bell Mobility Canada Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Bellsouth Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    BellSouth Mobility Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Blue Sky Frog Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Boost Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Cellular South Max 155 characters - [email protected]
    CellularOne (Dobson) Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    CellularOne West Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Centennial Wireless Max 110 characters - http://www.centennialwireless.com
    Cincinnati Bell Max 50 characters - [email protected]
    Claro Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Comviq Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Dutchtone/Orange-NL Max 150 characters - [email protected]
    Edge Wireless Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    EinsteinPCS / Airadigm Communications Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    EPlus Max 480 characters - [email protected].
    Estonia Mobile Telefon Max 160 characters - Sent via webform.
    Fido Canada Max 140 characters - [email protected].
    Golden Telecom Max 160 characters - [email protected]. Enter your phone number or nickname.
    Idea Cellular Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Kyivstar Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    LMT Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Manitoba Telecom Systems Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Meteor Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Metro PCS Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Metrocall Pager Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    MobileOne Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Mobilfone Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Mobility Bermuda Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    MTS Primtel Max 160 characters - Sent via web gateway.
    Aliant (NBTel, MTT, NewTel, and Island Tel) Max 140 characters - [email protected]
    Netcom Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Nextel Max 126 characters - [email protected].
    NPI Wireless Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    NTC Max 160 characters - Sent via web gateway.
    O2 (formerly BTCellnet) Max 120 characters - [email protected], must be enabled first at http://www.o2.co.uk.
    O2 M-mail (formerly BTCellnet) Max 120 characters - +44[number]@mmail.co.uk. Enter phone number, omitting initial zero - must be enabled first by sending an SMS saying "ON" to phone number "212".
    Optus Max 114 characters - [email protected]
    Orange (UK) Max 160 characters - [email protected]. You will need to create a user account at orange.net first.
    Oskar Max 320 characters - [email protected]
    Pagenet Max 240 characters, 10-digit phone number (or gateway and pager number separated by a period). Goes to [email protected].
    PCS Rogers Max 125 characters - [email protected]. Requires prior registration with PCS Rogers.
    Personal Communication (Sonet) Max 150 characters - [email protected] with your number in the subject line.
    Plus GSM Poland Max 620 characters - [email protected].
    Powertel Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Primtel Max 150 characters - [email protected]
    PSC Wireless Max 150 characters - [email protected]
    Qualcomm Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Qwest Max 100 characters - [email protected]
    Safaricom Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Satelindo GSM Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    SCS-900 Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Simple Freedom Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Skytel - Alphanumeric Max 240 characters - Enter your 7-digit pin number as your number and your message will be mailed to [email protected]
    Smart Telecom Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Smarts GSM Max 70 characters - http://www.samara-gsm.ru/scripts/smsgate.exe
    Southern Linc Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Sprint PCS Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Sprint PCS - Short Mail Max 1000 characters - [email protected]
    SunCom Max 110 characters - [email protected].
    SureWest Communications Max 200 characters - [email protected]
    SwissCom Mobile Max 10000 characters - [email protected]
    T-Mobile Germany Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    T-Mobile Netherlands Max 160 characters, Send "EMAIL ON" to 555 from your phone, then enter your number starting with 316. Email will be sent to [email protected]
    T-Mobile UK Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    T-Mobile USA Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    T-Mobile USA (Sidekick) Max 10000 characters - [email protected]
    Tele2 Latvia Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    Telefonica Movistar Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Telenor Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    Telia Denmark Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    Telus Mobility Max 120 characters - [email protected].
    The Phone House Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    TIM Max 350 characters - [email protected].
    UMC Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    Unicel Max 120 characters - [email protected]
    US Cellular Max 150 characters - [email protected]
    Verizon Wireless Max 140 characters - [email protected].
    Verizon Wireless (formerly Airtouch) Max 120 characters - [email protected]. This is ONLY for former AirTouch customers.
    Verizon Wireless (myairmail.com) Max 140 characters - [email protected].
    Vessotel Max 800 characters - [email protected].
    Virgin Mobile Canada Max 140 characters - [email protected].
    Virgin Mobile USA Max 160 characters - [email protected].
    Vodafone Italy Max 132 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Chuugoku/Western) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Hokkaido) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Hokuriko/Central North) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Kansai/West -- including Osaka) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Kanto/Koushin/East -- including Tokyo) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Kyuushu/Okinawa) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Shikoku) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Touhoku/Niigata/North) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Japan (Toukai/Central) Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone Spain Max 90 characters - [email protected]
    Vodafone UK Max 90 characters - [email protected]
    Voicestream -140 characters
    Weblink Wireless Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    WellCom Max 160 characters - [email protected]
    WyndTell Max 500 characters - [email protected]

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