SMS: What happens if I include a non-English (Unicode) Character?

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asked Aug 9, 2023 in How To by YakovKantor
recategorized Aug 9, 2023 by YakovKantor

When putting in a Hebrew character I noticed that the cost per message is much higher. Why is that?

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answered Aug 9, 2023 by YakovKantor
edited Dec 28, 2023 by YakovKantor
 
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The reason that SMS sent in Hebrew seem like they cost more, is you can send less characters per SMS.
Since Hebrew letters need to be "encoded", they count as many more letters. 
When a message is sent with any non-English characters the entire message must be sent encoded (even the english ones)!
Therefore each letter (depending which one) can be counted as 2 or even as much as 4!

Added (08/08/23), the program will show the remaining and count Unicode, showing the amount left and will also turn red, when the message includes Unicode.

You can also check which words are unicode by going to https://jlssolutions.com/TestSMSText.php and pasting your text.

  

 

Note: Once the text in the box reaches 750 characters the red box will no longer show.

 

commented Aug 10, 2023 by YakovKantor

A perfect example we just had.
Take the following text:

"First Summer HW raffles were picked. Call the hotline for winners! ***-**-****. ‎Second HW raffles will be THIS Friday. Mail in cards or drop off at ****. ‎"

While this looks like regular text there we 2 hidden characters as can bee seen when going to https://jlssolutions.com/TestSMSText.php

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