What Does 160 Character do on SMS

I was wondering, why they have fixed 160 characters for one SMS or short messaging services.

Today i was using our internet mobidrive interface to push 10000 sms.

When i have typed the content, it showed my only 153 characters is been filled.

Just pushed all the sms to our Internet Push Gateway.

After 20 Mins all the sms got delivered and found that totally 20000 sms is been pushed.

Not sure what had happened.

Just sent a sample sms in my mobile and found that one single ‘.’ dot have added one more message and pushed extra 10000 sms.

Not Sure who is going to bare the expenses for 20000 sms sent with one . extra ???

Now searching for the person who had fixed 160 characters length for one sms.

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2 Comments to “What Does 160 Character do on SMS”

  1. Kalyanaraman 29 March 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Sudhakar,

    Your question makes me to think…actually after read your article i searched some of the boards, in that i liked one article which explained about this issue..


    Hope, it may useful to all your viewers

  2. Balaganesh 24 September 2009 at 2:37 am #

    Every thing is Fixed ..

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