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    Default Text Message charges

    I’m a bit stumped by my unit.

    A couple of weeks ago, I sent a text message to someone, asking them to contact my email address.
    When I pressed ‘Send’, I got the usual ‘your balance is £20.99’, so I pressed O.K. Within a split second I got another pop up saying ‘your balance is £20.87’,,,, then another, then another – with the balance going down 12p at a time.
    I contacted 02, who said “yep – you’ve sent 4 messages”. Of course I only sent 1.
    02 sent me a printout to show the records. (I initially thought they were all timed the same, but now see they were a few minutes apart). (the pee take is that the number I texted to, is no longer in use !?).
    This occurred a couple of times, with one young lady saying: “you don’t need to send me 3 copies” !?

    After a couple of other niggles, I had the unit changed (I bought it from Phons4You. If I had known they were part of DialAphone, I wouldn’t have touched ‘em with a barge pole).Yesterday, I got the same thing again – charged twice for a message just saying “I’m on the way”.

    When I mention it to 02/Phones4you, they always ask “how long were the messages ?”.

    So, my questions are:
    Are text messages limited to a certain amount of characters ?
    If so, how many ?
    Without having to count ‘em, how do we know how many we use ?

    Unrelated: How do I tell if I’m using G2 or G3 ?

    I’m slowly getting used to this new fangled gear ?!
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    Default Re: Text Message charges

    but it does have a count at the very bottom of the page lol

    and i believe there is no minimum characters, since i already sent messages as short as "ok" and never got this issue!
    seems to me like a carrier problem...

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    Default Re: Text Message charges

    Yea I had that happen on att once, I sent three txts but my freind got like 30.
    Carrier!

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    Default Re: Text Message charges

    Quote Originally Posted by nessinhaw View Post
    and i believe there is no minimum characters, since i already sent messages as short as "ok" and never got this issue!
    seems to me like a carrier problem...
    There is a maximum length for SMS and longer messages will get split accordingly. That's better than being truncated IMHO.

    I agree this sounds like a carrier problem, unless furkin is using a 3rd party messaging app. Then all bets are off.
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    Default Re: Text Message charges

    Text messages are usually 150 characters long.

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    SMS is 160 characters.
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    Is there a setting to stop your phone from converting a message into an MMS?

    I often send texts more than 3 messages long and it then automatically sends it as an MMS .......thus rendering me with a charge of 50p per MMS from my provider as it's only texts that are free on my contract.

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