About SMS Characters

While writing a single SMS, you are free to write up to 160 characters.

See how far or how close you are to reaching the limit below the input field.

If your SMS exceeds 160 characters, it will be sent as two or more linked SMS.

The number of characters per linked SMS will depend on whether it contains special characters, too.

Once you've written the SMS content and click Next, the following popup will appear if you've included special characters in your SMS:

As mentioned above, if your message exceeds 160 characters, it will be sent as two or more SMS. The length of each will be diminished due to the link space.

Avoid using special characters, since they require extra encoding and will shorten your message's character limit to 70 characters.

Here's a table to help you visualise how the SMS content affects the character count:

Number of SMS

Characters per SMS

Characters per SMS (Special)

1

160

70

2

306 (2x153)

128 (2x64)

3

459 (3x153)

201 (3x67)

Standard SMS Characters

What are the Standard Characters?

The characters considered as special characters are those not included in the GSM Character Set (GSM 03.38), which are contained in the following table:

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