Texting basics

March 6, 2010 by Dylan Tweney

Most modern cell phones have the ability to send and receive short text messages. This is usually called short message service (SMS) or text paging — or just “texting” for short.

With SMS, you enter a message using your cell phone’s keypad. With most carriers, you’re limited to very short messages — 160 characters at the most.

Once you’ve finished your message, you can send to to anyone else’s cell phone by entering their phone number. Off the message goes, and in a few seconds to a few minutes, your friend’s phone will beep and the message will appear on their screen.

You can also use SMS to send email messages from a computer to a cellphone, or from a cellphone to a friend’s email account.

This site has many articles that can help you get the most out of your text messaging. Here are some articles explaining the basics in more detail:

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