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160 character limit is 1) a limit of SMS not the phone 2) Your phone should be able to send multiple texts or SMS messages if your character count goes over the 160 limit. I know my iPhone allows for it but my Blackberry Storm does not. You might think about using email to send larger messages as a whole.
how does one increase or chage to ultra quite note when an sms is received? I can not put any sound as an incoming sms alert. Super frustration... Can some amazing person out there help or am I doomed with a dud phone...Robert
Open your favorite email service. Please note that your email provider must allow for the automatic forwarding of emails. Gmail is one good service that supports auto-forwarding.
Tell your email client to forward all emails to your phone's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(for example, if your number was (111) 222-3344, your phone's email
address would be email@example.com.) This will forward all emails
to your cell phone, but will treat them like picture messages. Handling
the email as a picture message will ensure that every character in the
message is included. There is a way to send the email as a text (SMS)
message1, but there is a character limit of 160, so many messages will come in sets of 4, 5, even up to 20 text messages.
If you wish, you can set your phone to auto-download picture
messages, so every time you receive a message, it is already downloaded
and ready to read (this is our recommendation). Consult your owner's
manual for more information.
It is doing this because most carriers only support 140-160 characters per sms message. Once you are over your carriers limit per message the phone is made to change it from an sms to an mms message. Naturally when you send media it goes through mms so that is the default symbol for mms on your phone. MMS supports up to 1000 characters per a message. So in order to continue using sms you need to keep your messages at 140 characters or less including spaces