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    So, do I get the award for the stupidest question every asked?

    Seriously, I see lots of talk about SMS, but no real indication of what it is - I *think* I have found it to me Short Message Service, but what the heck is that? How does it compare to Instant Messaging (like AOL IM) or normal e-mail? Why would you use SMS instead of e-mail?

    I tried to search for it so I wouldn't have to show complete idiocy by asking, but try to do a search for SMS - it would take DAYS to read all the hits, and I would guess noone has asked this before anyway....
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    To put it simply, it's Text Messaging on your phone.
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    The benefit over the other services you listed is that *most cell phones have some type of text messaging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t2gungho
    The benefit over the other services you listed is that *most cell phones have some type of text messaging.
    What he said
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    And some have unlimited messages and others have to pay per message depending on their cellular plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rctoyguy
    So, do I get the award for the stupidest question every asked?
    I would say no on this one too. Ask Insertion about his fetish with the 'blinking star'.
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    Insertion has pretty much left the building.

    But I think he should get the award anyhow.
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    thanks...

    SMS messaging is what phones like my trusty old LG 4400 does... sort of an e-mail without an email address kind of thing that you either pay per message or pay for a "group" of 20, 50, whatever per month.

    I guess the new phones should be backward compatible, but I don't really see any big use for this.

    I have "instant email notification" set on this thread, but I never got a notice of the responses....
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    Is the blinking star you are talking about the missed call star in the upper left?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rctoyguy
    I guess the new phones should be backward compatible, but I don't really see any big use for this.
    Because it's closer to IM than email, which is ideally designed for chatting. Email is designed for correspondence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buldawg
    Is the blinking star you are talking about the missed call star in the upper left?
    Yes, sort of. The blinking star or snowflake is for any missed alert, calls, appointments/meetings, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rctoyguy
    So, do I get the award for the stupidest question every asked?

    Seriously, I see lots of talk about SMS, but no real indication of what it is - I *think* I have found it to me Short Message Service, but what the heck is that? How does it compare to Instant Messaging (like AOL IM) or normal e-mail? Why would you use SMS instead of e-mail?

    I tried to search for it so I wouldn't have to show complete idiocy by asking, but try to do a search for SMS - it would take DAYS to read all the hits, and I would guess noone has asked this before anyway....

    To answer your opening question - YES
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    Did someone mention the blinking star??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rctoyguy
    thanks...
    I guess the new phones should be backward compatible, but I don't really see any big use for this.
    I don't know where you are from, but in the UK just about every school child uses SMS all the time, plus lots of adults do as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rctoyguy
    thanks...

    SMS messaging is what phones like my trusty old LG 4400 does... sort of an e-mail without an email address kind of thing that you either pay per message or pay for a "group" of 20, 50, whatever per month.

    I guess the new phones should be backward compatible, but I don't really see any big use for this.

    I have "instant email notification" set on this thread, but I never got a notice of the responses....
    in Italy SMS are one of the most important revenue sources for operators. i think you're in the States..a little bit behind in this field
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    SMS is more popular than actual phone calls here in the states with certain groups. In the last few years I've noticed that ages 12 to 20's commonly pull their cell phone out of their pocket, type a quick message, and then put it away never stopping what their doing, 10 minutes later, beep, they do it again,,,,

    My 14 year old does this constantly,,,, we call her blurry thumbs,,,, We got out a stop watch awhile back and had a typing contest, her on her dial pad and me on the treo,,,,,It was a tie
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    Yes, don't assume that all of us in the States feel that SMS is an archaic means of communication and that the Treo is only being "backwards compatible". That statement came from someone used to using their phone as a phone and nothing more. I use SMS more than I use my phone.

    The 6700 would actually be getting a lot more press if it wasn't for its pathetic non-threaded SMS implementation.
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    Wow - I think I must have offended by saying that SMS required "backward compatability" - I didn't mean to..

    It sounds like SMS is basically e-mail to devices without e-mail addresses - correct? If so, that's cool. I don't see where I would be using it, but I do see where others would be.

    Believe me, no offense intended - just trying to figure out what it is...
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