Mobile Phone Text Speak

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Ever wondered what your teenage children are saying to each other when they discreetly turn their phone away from your view when reading or writing a text message ?

Unknown to them you caught a glimpse of what might look like their own secret code.

What is text speak?

If you know what text speak is, you will either love it or hate it.

A combination of letters and numbers that are used to make the full word, or phrase, shorter.

Why use text speak?

Text speak uses up less characters to say the same thing which when spelled fully would soon use up the text message character limit.

Each text message will cost you a fee to send.

Typically, this charge will be between £0.10p - £0.15p per message - depending on your network charges.

When you write out a text message using your text message editor there may be a character "limit" - characters are letters, digits, punctuation, and spaces. The character limit may be something like 160 characters per message.

When your message becomes too long to be sent as a single message (for example it might be 200 characters long) the network will send it as more than one message.

To you it is one message, to the receiver it is one message, but to the network it is more than one message.

The receiver will receive one message which might be received in two parts - one part being the first section (160 characters) and the subsequent text (40 characters) as an update to the first.

You will therefore be charged two text message fees.

So, if you can reduce the number of characters it takes to say what you want - then the overall message can be written and charged for as one message.

Examples of text speak are as follows - the entire list is incredibly large, so only some examples are offered here:

CUL8er = See You Later; ( uses 6 characters instead of 13)

4T = for tea; (uses 2 characters instead of 7)

Gr8 = Great (uses 3 characters instead of 5)

2moro - tomorrow;

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Tim Austin writes articles about various aspects of the Mobile Phone industry.

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