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160+ sms in 2.0.1!

My workaround is to use Handcent app for messaging, and it automatically splits texts that are over 160 characters. So basically you can send messages like you'd be able to if you were on AT&T and texting someone with Verizon. There's no way to make it send as all one text, but it will at least split so you don't have to send 5 individual texts, and since it splits it, you don't get the VZW text reply, EVER.

The annoying thing about it though, is that it splits it up no matter who you're texting, so it'll split texts for people who have Verizon, too. On my end, this makes no difference, but it's annoying for the person who has to receive my message in a bunch of different installments (don't you just hate getting a message broken into a bunch of texts, sometimes out of order?)
 
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I use Handcent app for messaging, and it automatically splits texts that are over 160 characters. So basically you can send messages like you'd be able to if you were on AT&T and texting someone with Verizon. There's no way to make it send as all one text, but it will at least split so you don't have to send 5 individual texts, and since it splits it, you don't get the VZW text reply, EVER.

I will check out that app. tks
 
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The 160 character limit is way outdated. It's completely ridiculous given the negligible amount of money it actually costs Verizon to send texts over their network. They just need to get rid of it. All carriers do. At least double it or something.

160 is the hard limit to SMS. Other phones get around this because they automatically split up the messages to meet the requirements of 160 (that includes the phone number). When it crosses between carriers, they don't go Verizon directly to AT&T, but instead pass through a 3rd party company for cross-carrier messaging. Other carriers may use a different 3rd party provider that splits it for them... who knows.

While I agree SMS is outdated, it was designed for short messages, that is why they created MMS (not only pictures, but can do text-only messages and I believe is limited at 1000 characters). SMS is handled on the cell control channel hence the limitation. It is the same "service" that tells your phone to ring for incoming calls.
 
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My "remaining characters" counter appears as soon as I type my first character (159/1). It covers that last part of my first line and is very annoying. I don't think it did this when I first got my eris. It sounds like it should appear when you approach 160 characters which is how I remember it working. Any ideas why it might be doing this?
 
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