Re: Unicode, SMS, PDA/cellphones

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2006 - 06:34:16 CDT

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    From: "Dean Harding" <>
    > There is room in the SMPP protocol for adding new text encodings (using a
    > similar mechanism as they did to introduce UCS-2 in the first place, or the
    > Nokia extensions for multiple messages, etc) but the problem with SMS now is
    > there's so many manufacturers making phones. Back in the day, if Nokia
    > implemented some new protocol, then everyone pretty much just had to follow
    > suit, but these days there are too many players and not enough in the way of
    > standardization.

    Isn't it a good reason to finally migrate the networks to real web standards and have the network providers request to phone manufacturers to adopt and support those effective standards? Or is it a technic used specially by mobile telcos to keep their customers ina captive market with specific technologies, and specific phones that they must change every 2 or 3 years, using the bonus points they collect during their minimum 2 years subscription, so that they get new devices only from them at end of this period, i.e. devices using telco-specific features?

    Allthis is boring for users. And costly as well for them when they pay for services that finally don't render correctly on their phone! This nightmare is really acting against fair competition.

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