1. da143420's Avatar
    Hi

    I have BlackBerry 8520. When i compose any SMS or click 'reply' , it shows 70 / 1 of 6. But normal SMS characters are 160. So It shud show 160 character for SMS. I checked with my friends who have 9300 3G Curve. In his cell phone, its show correctly as 160 / 1 of 6.

    Please help.

    P.S: My connection is Loop Mobile.
    10-28-11 01:10 AM
  2. ichat's Avatar
    maybe carrier restrictions? itll help if you tell me what carrier your friends 9300 uses
    10-28-11 04:56 AM
  3. joeldf's Avatar
    Could very well he carrier related. I'm on AT&T and I get "160 / 1 of 7".

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    10-28-11 11:45 AM
  4. blackberry-unlocking710's Avatar
    There are a few formats for SMS on Blackberry devices.

    Here is some info from wikipedia:
    Message size

    Transmission of short messages between the SMSC and the handset is done whenever using the Mobile Application Part (MAP) of the SS7 protocol. Messages are sent with the MAP MO- and MT-ForwardSM operations, whose payload length is limited by the constraints of the signaling protocol to precisely 140 octets (140 octets = 140 * 8 bits = 1120 bits). Short messages can be encoded using a variety of alphabets: the default GSM 7-bit alphabet, the 8-bit data alphabet, and the 16-bit UTF-16 alphabet.[33] Depending on which alphabet the subscriber has configured in the handset, this leads to the maximum individual short message sizes of 160 7-bit characters, 140 8-bit characters, or 70 16-bit characters (including spaces). GSM 7-bit alphabet support is mandatory for GSM handsets and network elements,[33] but characters in languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Cyrillic alphabet languages (e.g. Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, etc.) must be encoded using the 16-bit UTF-16 character encoding (see Unicode). Routing data and other metadata is additional to the payload size.

    Larger content (concatenated SMS, multipart or segmented SMS, or "long SMS") can be sent using multiple messages, in which case each message will start with a user data header (UDH) containing segmentation information. Since UDH is part of the payload, the number of available characters per segment is lower: 153 for 7-bit encoding, 134 for 8-bit encoding and 67 for 16-bit encoding. The receiving handset is then responsible for reassembling the message and presenting it to the user as one long message. While the standard theoretically permits up to 255 segments,[34] 6 to 8 segment messages are the practical maximum, and long messages are often billed as equivalent to multiple SMS messages. See concatenated SMS for more information. Some providers have offered length-oriented pricing schemes for messages, however, the phenomenon is disappearing.
    source

    Anyway you can try to edit the text settings on your Blackberry... tip: use latest OS version that fits your device.
    10-28-11 12:46 PM
  5. Artwerks's Avatar
    In a SMS, type menu key then Options, scroll to the SMS part. In encoding, select 7bit instead of UCS2, then save. That should do it for a 160 characters SMS.

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    Jaguarr40 likes this.
    10-28-11 01:00 PM
  6. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    There are a few formats for SMS on Blackberry devices.

    Here is some info from wikipedia:
    source

    Anyway you can try to edit the text settings on your Blackberry... tip: use latest OS version that fits your device.
    Artwerks actually hit it on the head and I don't mean to be critical here but I don't think that anybody does not know what SMS is where you had to go into Wikipidea to explain an answer you did not provide to the OP.

    If he follows Artwerks advice he should have no further trouble with getting 160 characters for SMS.
    10-28-11 07:00 PM
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