Weird - why does typing a long dash (—) make texts unable to be sent and shorter?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Doju, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    I insert a — and the text character limits goes from 160 to 70, and the text won't send, even if under 70.

    Why? I like that character…
     
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    When you use certain characters, the iPhone (like any phone - for real, this isn't PR!) has to send the message with a different character encoding set.

    That different character encoding set (presumably UNICODE) uses more data per character, resulting in you being able to send a message with fewer characters.

    A regular dash (-) doesn't have this problem.
     
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    I've looked into this a little more (this got me interested in the area again) and Bell doesn't support Unicode SMS.

    That's why your phone can't send it.
     

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