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Eris enhanced message texts


Dec 8, 2009
To be clear i don not own an eris. i own an env touch(hopefully passion soon:D) my friend owns an eris and when i text him, his phone often sends messages back to me saying "meassage was sent as plain text. the device you are messaging does not support enhanced messaging service." yet i am only sending regular texts. how can my friend stop this because its a little irritating?
I often get mms separated into 160 character pieces, with a 3rd (or 4th) separate message telling me, "Preceding msg modified, Media objects were removed." This is coming from other VZW customers. Back in my dumb phone days, I learned that VZW lets it's own customers send long MMS back and forth, but anything over 160 characters would get cut off and sent back to me if the recipient was with another provider.

Hopefully one of these days, MMS will just die and we'll all use email or chat programs.
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As far as I know, both of these issues are 'known issues'.
HTC Droid Eris OTA Update Coming Too | Android Phone Fans

"EMS is not supported, SMS messages in excess of 160 characters are converted to MMS messages." (pg. 2, 'Messaging')
This is why large texts are broken up (with the "Preceding msg modified" notification sent to the Eris and the "sent as plain text" notification sent to the other phone).

"Blank SMS Sent Autonomously: The [Eris] will send out a blank SMS message to an address that inadvertently had a blank SMS sent to it. The blank message will be sent whenever the device is powered off then on.
Short term work around: Customer will need to delete the blank message(s) in their Undelivered Messages folder. The messages can be identified with a [caution sign] next to the message."
(pg. 4, 'Messaging')
I believe that you can access your Undelivered Messages folder by pressing the Menu softkey in the main window of the Messages app. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

The document explicitly states that the second issue will be fixed with an OTA update. No such statement is made for the first yet, but we know that Verizon is aware of the problem, and so will hopefully have a fix for it as well.
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I get that same message too, but the messages I send are no longer and near 160 characters. And I always get that txt back saying I sent an enhanced message or some bs.

I just got this message from someone else as well. It told me I had 5 new messages from them. One message, then one 3-page message, then one was that Media message that was referenced at the beginning of this thread.

I don't think there's any data missing in said text!
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