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Text Messaging Basics

Text messaging is a highly efficient means of mobile communication and in many ways is competing with voice telephony communication. It's often easier to receive a text message and reply to it at your own convenience than answer a live voice call and deal with an issue in real time. This is the primary reason that so many business users have adopted the BlackBerry platform as their mobile communication devices of choice. With the Treo, Palm aims to take the success of the BlackBerry platform to a broader range of users. Traditionally, most BlackBerry devices have been pure text-messaging pagers. So with the exception of a few newer BlackBerry phones, there's the added benefit of Treo devices combining the features of a mobile phone and a text-messaging pager.

One potential source of confusion with respect to Treo devices and text messages has to do with exactly what constitutes a text message. Obviously, you know it must contain text, but so do Word documents and web pages, and they aren't considered text messages. A text message is a message consisting purely of text (and possibly attached files) that's sent electronically over a network from one place to another. Treo devices support the following primary types of text messages:


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