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Chapter 9. Communicating with Text and M... > Chat via SMS Text Messages

Chat via SMS Text Messages

When most people think of chatting on a computer, they think in terms of instant messaging. Instant messaging involves a live connection with another user, during which you type and share text messages in real time. Although instant messaging is incredibly useful, it requires a special client application and, perhaps more important, a live connection that remains constant throughout the conversation. You can certainly download and install an instant messaging application on your Treo, but you might find it isn't necessary because you can use SMS and multimedia messages to closely simulate an instant-messaging conversation.

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SMS text messages are limited to only 160 characters, so the idea is to keep them short and sweet. However, if you find yourself rambling past the 160-character limit, don't fret because the message is simply broken into 160-character chunks sent as separate messages.



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