Text message received as several short texts

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  1. nycfire macrumors newbie

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    I have had my VZ iPhone for a few days. When I get a text from one particular friend her text message is coming in as several short texts and out of order. She has AT&T and her iphone is the 3G I believe. So far this is only happening with her, is happening about half the time, and those messages have been less than 140 characters.
    I sent a text message to myself from verizon's website with 140 characters and that came thru fine. Any ideas why?
     
  2. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a

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    Is she using Apple's Messaging app or a different app? First thought, is that whatever she is using for messaging is truncating the message field. That might be a symptom of a messaging the needs to be updated on your friends end. If she is using the built-in Apple Messaging, I have no clue.
     
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  4. Fresh1 macrumors regular

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    For all of my friends who have AT&T, their messages longer than "1 SMS" are automatically broken up into 2 smaller texts. I remember on my Droid there was an option that said something along the lines of, "Break message into multiple pieces for different carriers."
     
  5. nycfire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    She is using the built in apple messaging app.

    What I am experiencing doesn't exactly match what was discussed in the link. I believe the link states that a large text is basically broken up into 2 or 3seperate texts with the verizon iphone. I do see that on my iphone from everyone else.

    But from that one particular friend, her text (which can be less than 160 characters) will come thru in as many as 8 separate texts, and not in the correct order.

    I think she is not using the most current iOS. Perhaps that has something to do with it??
     
  6. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    If you do a Google search, you will find plenty of complaints about SMS not being in the correct order on Verizon. This is just one example.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1094525
     
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  8. nycfire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is an example. As you can see it wasn't a long text, and is not in correct order.
     

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  9. redchirp macrumors newbie

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    Does it have anything to do with emoji? I see an emoji in that text, and you said it doesn't happen all the time.
     
  10. nycfire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good pick up. I looked at our previous conversation, and saw that all the messages that were broken up had an emoticon in it somewhere. And a text that came thru normal did not. That may be it. Next time I will ask her to send a long text message with and without an emoticon and see what happens.
     
  11. redchirp macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I think emoji is actually a string of characters that the iPhone recognizes, then it will display the right image. So those characters take up space (without you seeing it), so it ends up being a long text, and gets split.
     
  12. nycfire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok so a long text from my friend without any emoticons came thru correctly. And this link also confirms that emoji can cause a problem.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3672
     

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