From: Ed (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 29 2010 - 10:13:42 CDT
That's an interesting question Don.
I recently bought a so-called "ChiPhone" (Chinese phone) which has
message catalogs and input methods for English, Français, Español,
Português, Italiano, Deutsch, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Türçe,
Tiếng Việt, русский язык, Arabic, Persian, Romanian, ไทย, 繁體中文 and of
The phone has a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is very
convenient. The input method for 简体中文 is decent enough. However,
overall the software on the phone sucks, and a number of the other
language input methods are awkward or bordering on unusable. The lack
of Japanese is also annoying.
And there is another big problem: at least here in the U.S., it looks
like at least some major carriers refuse to accept Unicode text
messages outside of the ASCII range. I wish I knew more specifically
what is or is not accepted. I know I have had problems trying to send
Chinese text messages with T-Mobile: the carrier refused to accept
messages containing "symbols". Very annoying.
Does anyone on this list know specifically what limitations carriers
in the U.S. impose on unicode SMS messages? Are there specific
I think it would be especially valuable to know if the iPhone4 using
ATT in the U.S. deals with Unicode properly? The reason I single out
the iPhone4 is because its high-resolution screen is very much
superior to a typical smart phone, especially when it comes to reading
scripts with many strokes like Chinese, or with many small diacritical
marks, like Vietnamese or Thai. (If you have not done so yet, try
reading a Chinese web page on your typical smart phone, and then do
the same on an iPhone4 to see the difference).
On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM, Don Osborn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> What do users of this list find to be the most Unicode friendly smart
> phones? Apps for those phones? Best input systems for texting beyond ASCII
> (and potentially multiscriptly)?
> Thanks in advance for any feedback. I’m back in the US and in the market for
> a new phone, and if I pay for high-end, don’t want to be limited to ASCII.
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