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    I beleive that there is something like a 160 char limit on the Treo's SMS messaging. Does anyone know if this is a software limitation on Handspring's utility, the Treo OS, or a limitation by the coverage provider?

    Right now I use my Archwireless pager to send messages to Datacastnews.com to get info returned to it in the same way that the Treo gets SMS from Voicesteam. If I try sending to the same address from the Treo, I get a reply back that gets truncated due to the char limit. Is there anyway around this? For example, sending the message "philadelphia long" to "weather@archwireless.com" will send back a detailed five day forecast to the archwireless pager. The Treo gets the message truncated around day 2.

    Thanks,

    Bob
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    Originally posted by Bob-C
    I beleive that there is something like a 160 char limit on the Treo's SMS messaging. Does anyone know if this is a software limitation on Handspring's utility, the Treo OS, or a limitation by the coverage provider?
    It is a limitation of the GSM version of SMS in general, not tied to any phone or network provider.
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    There is another thread that has some info I posted on what I found out with SMS Concatenation and Voicestream. [CONCATENATED SMS and other questions]

    Here is the gist of what I know.

    Message concatenation on the outgoing side is a software/device thing. Some apps and devices support it and some do not. I was told by HandSpring that if I found an app that allowed it, I could create an SMS message as long as I wanted and the software would break it up in to smaller messages to send it. I have the Nokia 3390 and it will let you create and send a message longer than 160, it just breaks it up into multiple messages.

    Receiving is another matter. I was told by Voicestream that they do not support messages longer than 160 characters. If someone sends me a long message (longer than 160 characters) their server will truncate it and only give me the first 160 characters.

    I have a friend who has Cingular, and if someone sends her a message longer than 160, it is broken into multiple messages and she receives the multiple messages.

    Hope that helps.
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    So in other words, ARGHHHHH!!!!!! Thanks for the info.
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    Any GSM Service has the 160 char. limit.

    Enhanced SMS or future SMS implementations will fix this issue, but we still have to get everyone up to speed!
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    Although from what I've pieced together, AT&T perhaps only allows 140 chars. It may or may not have to do with the 'character set' - whether it's 7 bits or 8 bits. I'm not sure what this means, but for some reason I don't think m incoming emails are being counted as ping pongs for voicestream.

    I forward all incoming emails to my treo, and I know that I've had more than 32 emails since my cycle on jul 15, yet that is the number that VS reports...Strange....
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    I use Cingular on a contract and I can send multi part > 160 char messages with no hassle either as regular sms or to email addresses. My wife has a pay as you go SIM and she has problems sending anything above 160 characters (says the message is pending and then send previous SMS instead - now she just sends <=160 length). It seems to depend upon the SIM and carrier. The Treo is fully capable of multi-part sending and receiving.
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    META_DAVe - What SMS software are you using on the Treo? My software will not let me send more than 140 characters out on my Treo. I was told this was a software thing and I've been looking for software that will break a long message up into multiple messages on the outgoing side.

    If anyone knows of some good SMS software for the Treo that will break messages up, I would really appreciate hearing about it.

    Thanks.

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