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  1. #1
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    HOw to Send SMS in a different character encoding ?

    Hi All,

    Is it possible to send SMS with a different characterset and if yes how ?

    Pls help.


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    Re: HOw to Send SMS in a different character encoding ?

    SMS uses a default 7-bit alphabet. If you use characters not part of that, then UCS-2 (two-byte Unicode encoding) can be used: http://discussion.forum.nokia.com/fo...73&postcount=7

    The ETSI spec (TS/SMG-040338QR2) "Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+); Alphabets and language-specific information (GSM 03.38)" documents what characters are included in the default alphabet.

    You can download it from ETSI web pages: http://pda.etsi.org/pda/queryform.asp

    I don't know if anything but these two character encodings can be safely used.

    Note that with the default SMS alphabet SMS messages can be 160 characters long (140 bytes of 7-bit characters), and with UCS-2 they can be 70 characters (16-bit characters). Longer texts have to be sent as multiple, concatenated messages.

    In most phones this is virtually transparent to the user (both text encoding used, and sending or receiving multiple messages displayed as one).

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