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Weird SMS bug

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KianTech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 21, 2010 1:34 AM
Here is the weird glitch...first enable SMS character count.

When I am typing a text I tried to send my friend the word limon (with the accented o) but the character count goes from n/160 to n/70 (n being the number of characters) and then he never receives my text. I also notice this problem doesnt occur when just typing the accented o by itself, only when I made the word limon. I was unable to repeat this on my old 3G, so I dont know if its an iPhone 4 problem or just me. Not in the mood for a restore.

iOS 4.0.2
iPhone 4, iOS 4, 32GB
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 1:45 AM (in response to KianTech)
    It's not a bug. Accented characters take up more space in SMS, so the character count goes down to suit.

    Just don't use 'foreign' characters in your SMS if you want the full 160 characters.
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  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 1:54 AM (in response to KianTech)
    why would it take more space? It is just a character, each character should use the same amount of data. There is no reason an accented character would require more memory.

    They probably use UTF-8 encoding. Simple characters take one byte. Others take more than one byte.
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8>
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  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 2:33 AM (in response to KianTech)
    Yep, you got it...
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  • aflorenzan Calculating status...
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    Oct 27, 2011 7:10 AM (in response to KianTech)

    I have the same problem. When sending SMS with accented characters, the recipient gets a blank SMS, the text never gets sent, regardless of who has been a single accented character.

    I understand there is something to do with the Encoding used by Apple vs. the Encoding used by other mobile phone for receiving SMS.

    For me it is quite unpleasant to have to be editing every word accented characters to remove the message you want to send.


    Anyone have a solution to this problem, other than "send the message without accented characters"?

  • lucy221 Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2011 7:38 PM (in response to aflorenzan)

    I have the same problem-- texts I send with accented characters come up with blank boxes on non-apple phones.  Anyone have a solution to this?  The applecare folks didn't seem to have any other recommendation than not to use those characters.  But that pretty much means I can't use the spanish keyboard to help me spell, and my english keyboard is learning wrong spellings because I have to type in spanish using it to avoid getting accented characters.  Ugh.

  • Xileras Calculating status...
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    Mar 22, 2012 2:45 AM (in response to lucy221)

    I haven't completely tested this, but I think depending on what International keyboard is used will cause the phone to use a different character set.

     

    So if it's set to Spanish, Greek, Swedish, etc where non-standard GSM characters are typical in the language, the iPhone will use the Unicode character set. My guess is that non-iPhone handsets will not understand Unicode characters as it will probably expect extended GSM characters.

     

    My suggestion, change your keyboard to English UK or US. When you need to use an accented character, simply hold the letter in and pick the appropriate character as per usual. This should force the iPhone to use extended GSM instead of Unicode.

     

    This might help solve it.

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