From: Cristian Secară (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 28 2006 - 09:08:50 CDT
On Sun, 28 May 2006 16:31:06 +0800, Donald Z. Osborn wrote:
> * Message length being rather shorter in Unicode SMS than with 7 or 8
Usual [Latin] SMS messages are using the 7-bit GSM character set. Just
a few additional characters are using an escape character.
(ref.: http://www.csoft.co.uk/sms/character_sets/gsm.htm )
A single SMS message written solely using characters from the 7-bit GSM
character set can have maximum 160 characters. If, during SMS
composition, a single non-GSM character is entered, then the whole
message will turn to double byte, limiting a single message to maximum
70 characters. I don't know if each transmitted character is direct 2
bytes PMB, or UTF16 transformation encoding.
Every time I try to send a SMS message that includes accented
characters for my language (Romanian), I can't stop to blame those who
have established the SMS technical standard, because the fixed 2-bytes
character for Latin is pure waste of space (and money :).
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