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Sun, Jun 4, 2017 5:24 AM

Long text messages are auto broken as they are being composed - why?

As I'm typing a text message there is a little counter at the bottom of the composition box that starts showing the length of the message when I hit 130 out of 160 characters.  Once I hit 160 characters the message indicates I have moved to two messages and continues to track the character count.  The message looks to be intact as typed, except for the little counter indicating I now have multiple messages.  Didn't realize what it was doing until I sent my brother a text and said his phone was going crazy dinging him with notices of new texts - all of which were the result of my one long text. I don't seem to have the problem on the receiving end, can't go back and check as I delete the history soon after I'm done with the conversation.  Is this an AT&T "feature" or a Window phone 8.1 update 2 "feature" or a Nokia Lumina 635 "feature" - and what can be done about it (other than send shorter messages) so I don't multi-ding future recipients?

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sandblaster

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60.8K Messages

5 years ago

SMS texts are limited to 160 characters, that is just the way the SMS messaging protocol works. There is no way around it. As you have discovered, your phone automatically breaks up your long text into multiple texts as do most phones. Most phones also automatically merge incoming multi-part texts so that it looks like you only received a single text. Apparently your brother's phone does not.

ACE - Sage

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101.8K Messages

5 years ago

SMS is for Short Message Service.  You might use email for longer messages.

 

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5 years ago

Thanks, kind of figured it was something like that.  Just wanted to make sure that there wasn't some "option menu" somewhere with a default value that was set to "help" me.

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