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    Hello everyone. I'm not sure how common this issue is (or if its even considered an issue), but the standard texting app that the Google Nexus comes with does not allow me to send a text that is larger than 160 characters. Normally most phones would break up the text into multiple text messages if you went beyond 160 characters but the Galaxy Nexus doesn't even allow you to continue typing once you hit 160 characters.

    I know there are plenty of other text apps out there but I usually like to keep things simple and stick with the standard text app.

    Is there a workaround this issue or has Sprint/Samsung announced a potential fix in the future?

    Does anyone else experience this problem?
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    I hope they fix the issue on your Nexus faster than the 13 months and counting that it has been ongoing with my HTC Arrive. Its definitely something on Sprints end since this happens across different phones/ecosystems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSamyon View Post
    Hello everyone. I'm not sure how common this issue is (or if its even considered an issue), but the standard texting app that the Google Nexus comes with does not allow me to send a text that is larger than 160 characters. Normally most phones would break up the text into multiple text messages if you went beyond 160 characters but the Galaxy Nexus doesn't even allow you to continue typing once you hit 160 characters.

    I know there are plenty of other text apps out there but I usually like to keep things simple and stick with the standard text app.

    Is there a workaround this issue or has Sprint/Samsung announced a potential fix in the future?

    Does anyone else experience this problem?
    It's not a problem, it's simply how the stock app is currently programmed to operate.

    if Google decides to change it, it will be via a future SW update.

    It may be a condition set via the Cartier, but again it's not some kind of technical problem, just current programming.
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    160 character restriction is not a google app issue, its a cdma restriction. Sprint will not change this, it will not be fixed with software updates.

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    It's been years since I had a Sprint phone with the 160 character limitation. Honestly I didn't know the limitation still existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScandaLeX View Post
    It's been years since I had a Sprint phone with the 160 character limitation. Honestly I didn't know the limitation still existed.

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    Yeah I didn't think there was one since my EVO just ignored it. Use go sms pro, I really like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidjesus View Post
    160 character restriction is not a google app issue, its a cdma restriction. Sprint will not change this, it will not be fixed with software updates.
    i dont belive its a cdma issue my og epic didnt do this id say its just this phone.
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    You didn't notice the problem on your Epic because its messaging app broke the message down into multiple messages. You'll just need a different messaging app if the stock one can't do that.

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    Use google voice, problem solved. There are other apps which break it into several text messages. But yes it is a CDMA/Sprint issue.
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    Use the handcent sms app. It's great! Reliable and customizable.
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    it might not break it up on your end, but its still gets sent out in 160 character blocks.

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    Use the handcent sms app. It's great! Reliable and customizable.
    +1

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    This is a CDMA issue. There is a difference between the way CDMA and GSM handles long text messages (can't give you a technical explanation, sorry). If you get handcent or some other 3rd party app and you try sending a long message what the other person receives looks like this "< .2MC4!>gY r*6A9] !> Yv i:'gP\u0009 cZ N4^c !; A". To be able to properly send the messages you need to go into the settings and tell it to break the long message up into 160 chunks. As such I'm assuming the stock android app puts a hard limit of 160 so as to not have to account for being used on a CDMA or GSM network, while the manufacturer specific text messenger apps like the one on the HTC Evo (bloatware according to some people) are designed to run on a specific network so they account for this already.
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    Personally, regarding the Nexus/160 character texting block, well I am left just...speechless! (Which is great if I were in middle of a text bc I wouldn't have to re think and adjust my thoughts to fit the limit, go back, pick up where I remember.. hopefully before 5 text messages come in from my textee! ANYHOW, THIS IS QUITE APPALLING TO ME, I JUST IMPULSIVELY LEFT THE EPIC(4g), right before,of course the Galaxy ||| came out. I was told(sold) on "The Nexus is a way better phone than the Galaxy ||" by a Sprint salesman obviously good at his job! All in all, what I expect to receive from a good phone is 0- dropped calls, easily accessible to internet for mainly email, finding "places" AND #1, TEXTING, INCLUDING TALK TO TEXT FEATURE WITHOUT A CHARACTER LIMIT??? With the extremely slim & sleek look of the Nexus, one might think, "Wow, what will they think of next"?!!? Well sorry Nexus from Sprint..I'm thinking Zack Morris had a better text feature back in1990 w his oversized mobile phone nearly the size of an infant! IDK..I know it has certainly been years since I've had a phone w char .limit, &frankly Im just pissed that Sprint &/or Google can't/won't improve this setting, leaving me to shop around on app store possibly finding a good free app, or in their case, hopefully I buy 1...

    WOW, TRULY SRY 2WRITE SO MUCH, BUT IT FELT GOOD NOT 2GET CUT OFF @160(w a countdown,lol) IF NE1 ACTUALLY READ MY VENTING PLEASE TELME@SIMPLEST TXT APP4 FREE
    ID GREATLY APPRECIATE IT~*
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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidjesus View Post
    160 character restriction is not a google app issue, its a cdma restriction. Sprint will not change this, it will not be fixed with software updates.
    I disagree with you because my international s2 that that's gsm also has that limitation

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    this issue was brought to my notice just last week by a friend using Gs2, the easy solution is to install `go sms pro` no rooting require you can just pick it for free from playstore.....I.e it's not a cdma problem cos my phone runs on gsm

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    It is not a cdma issue. I never had this problem with the evo on sprint.
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    All SMS messages are limited to 160 characters. It has nothing to do with the specific network or the specific phone. It's just the way SMS technology works. Now some manufacturers and software dev make it such that you can send a longer message and it will automatically get spilt into 160 character chunck, but that's all they are doing. They are automatically splitting the message for you.

    Don't get me wrong, that's a convienent feature, but it's a feature built into the skin, so I understand why Google decided to leave it out. (Like when they left out digital zoom on the Nexus S.)
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    I just sold my cmda nexus s 4g for 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercury81 View Post
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    +2 for Handcent SMS. It's free, and I downloaded it purely for the ability to keep typing my texts after the character limit (not have to stop, hit send, keep typing, etc). I've been using it for the last month or so, and it's been very reliable. That was the one thing that frustrated me after switching to the GNEX, and Handcent fixed it for me.
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    If you use the app airdroid (very necessary app) you can manage your nex from your computer -including sending text messages. And through airdroid one can send super long messages and somehow they get broken up to multiple texts.. just the way you like it

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    Hello! I'm new in this forum. I've downloaded the handcent and yes it did increase the number of sms characters. However, group text messaging does not work. Can you advise how to fix this?
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    My Hero, OG EVO, Epic, blackberry and every other sprint phone I had does this. They post a ?/160 notifier in the text app, and will split messages into "pages". I'm not aware if GSM carriers do this as well, but Verizon which is also CDMA will split large messages into 160 char pages.

    (Other sprint phones i've owned that did this Evo3d, Evo 4gLte, Galaxy Nexus, Palm Pre, Iphone, BB8330 and BB Bold)

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    Ive had an EVO 4G on Sprint for a couple of years and used Handsent for most of that time. I have a tendency to send long messages. if the recipient has Android w/ Handsent on Sprint they get everything in one message every time. If they have Android w/ another app on sprint they get the message in one piece some of the time. If they are on another network they rarely get in in one shot. Those that don't get it in a single message get 160 character chunks, not necessarily in the proper order. I recently installed Go SMS Pro because of an unrelated issue with Handsent. On my phone Go busts up every message every time. I'll probably go back to Handsent until I can find something that does what I want.

    I'm not sure how Handsent is doing it but it is something it does well. Perhaps they send the message as MMS or through their own network or just use the Sprint network to greater advantage but, credit where it's due, it works.

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    You have a Nexus...

    Root that biatch and push a stock based text application modified to auto split to your system to replace the one you have.

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