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  1. #1
    J B
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    One of my staff sent me a text, a joke about Santa.

    When the bill came, he (well, me really coz it's a work phone) was billed
    for three texts.

    I finally managed to get through to Orange (are committed to providing
    excellent customer service) - only took me two weeks - and the lady there
    said that if you send a 'long' text, it uses up so many characters that it
    counts as more than one text
    It took up 22 lines on my NK5140.

    Is the lady being 'economical with the truth' or what?


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    J B





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  2. #2
    {{{{{Welcome}}}}}
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    Thus spaketh J B:
    > One of my staff sent me a text, a joke about Santa.
    >
    > When the bill came, he (well, me really coz it's a work phone) was
    > billed for three texts.
    >
    > I finally managed to get through to Orange (are committed to providing
    > excellent customer service) - only took me two weeks - and the lady
    > there said that if you send a 'long' text, it uses up so many
    > characters that it counts as more than one text
    > It took up 22 lines on my NK5140.
    >
    > Is the lady being 'economical with the truth' or what?


    1 SMS text is 160 characters, if you use longer texts, then you will be billed
    for each 160 characters.


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    www.dodgy-dealer.co.uk




  3. #3
    Poldie
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?


    {{{{{Welcome}}}}} wrote:
    > Thus spaketh J B:
    > > One of my staff sent me a text, a joke about Santa.
    > >
    > > When the bill came, he (well, me really coz it's a work phone) was
    > > billed for three texts.
    > >
    > > I finally managed to get through to Orange (are committed to providing
    > > excellent customer service) - only took me two weeks - and the lady
    > > there said that if you send a 'long' text, it uses up so many
    > > characters that it counts as more than one text
    > > It took up 22 lines on my NK5140.
    > >
    > > Is the lady being 'economical with the truth' or what?

    >
    > 1 SMS text is 160 characters, if you use longer texts, then you will be billed
    > for each 160 characters.


    Pedantically, you'll be billed for each group of up to 160 characters.
    A full stop following a 160 character message will cost you an extra
    10p (or whatever you're charged per text message).




  4. #4
    purple pete
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    So if your text is gonna be 161 characters long you may as well spend the
    whole of the next 10p (or whatever it is per message) and talk away right up
    to 320 characters





  5. #5
    J B
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    "Poldie" <Poldie@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1135268397.795302.120460@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...

    > Pedantically, you'll be billed for each group of up to 160 characters.


    Doh!

    T'was 375 characters (sad me, I just counted them!!!)

    375 / 160 = 2.34

    :-(


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    J B





  6. #6
    {{{{{Welcome}}}}}
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    Thus spaketh purple pete:
    > So if your text is gonna be 161 characters long you may as well spend
    > the whole of the next 10p (or whatever it is per message) and talk
    > away right up to 320 characters



    Yeah, If I am going to be one or two characters over the 160 limit, I will
    then go back and try and shorten some of the words, if this can't be done,
    then I will add to the text. I currently pay 3p or 5p per text depending on
    who I am sending to and therefore which phone I use.


    --
    For 5 when referred to easyMobile contact me via
    http://www.south-east-birmingham.tk
    www.dodgy-dealer.co.uk




  7. #7
    {{{{{Welcome}}}}}
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    Thus spaketh J B:
    > "Poldie" <Poldie@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:1135268397.795302.120460@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >> Pedantically, you'll be billed for each group of up to 160
    >> characters.

    >
    > Doh!
    >
    > T'was 375 characters (sad me, I just counted them!!!)
    >
    > 375 / 160 = 2.34
    >
    > :-(


    So that will be 3 text messages.



  8. #8
    KevinX
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    And the Tax man will probably pay the bill anyhow!!

    :-)


    "{{{{{Welcome}}}}}" <bhx___spam@trapped___hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:L9Cqf.13332$iz3.1847@text.news.blueyonder.co.uk...
    > Thus spaketh J B:
    > > "Poldie" <Poldie@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:1135268397.795302.120460@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > >
    > >> Pedantically, you'll be billed for each group of up to 160
    > >> characters.

    > >
    > > Doh!
    > >
    > > T'was 375 characters (sad me, I just counted them!!!)
    > >
    > > 375 / 160 = 2.34
    > >
    > > :-(

    >
    > So that will be 3 text messages.






  9. #9
    Taylor
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    "purple pete" <dmrt46NOSPAM@clara.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:1135271193.5254.0@eunomia.uk.clara.net...
    > So if your text is gonna be 161 characters long you may as well spend the
    > whole of the next 10p (or whatever it is per message) and talk away right
    > up to 320 characters


    All of the above is actually incorrect, you need control characters to
    determine who the message was from, what message ID it's linked to, etc, so
    you don't get 3 x 160 characters by any means.





  10. #10
    Jon
    Guest

    Re: How many characters in a text message?

    jb@privacy.net declared for all the world to hear...
    > One of my staff sent me a text, a joke about Santa.
    >
    > When the bill came, he (well, me really coz it's a work phone) was billed
    > for three texts.
    >
    > I finally managed to get through to Orange (are committed to providing
    > excellent customer service) - only took me two weeks - and the lady there
    > said that if you send a 'long' text, it uses up so many characters that it
    > counts as more than one text
    > It took up 22 lines on my NK5140.
    >
    > Is the lady being 'economical with the truth' or what?


    No.
    --
    Regards
    Jon



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