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Simplifying Unicode punctuation for SMS

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SMS "text messages" on mobile phones are frequently sent in either GSM 03.38 (a 7-bit ASCII-like code with some currency symbols etc) or Unicode. A single special character, such as a curved quotation mark, could cause otherwise-ASCII English text to be sent as Unicode, multiplying its size. This can be a problem if you want to include some text copied from a website or other source in your SMS. The Javascript-based browser tool below replaces common Unicode punctuation with ASCII, and removes diacritics and some formatting. (If you use a phone's browser, it will also attempt to place the result in the phone's SMS composer.)

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Length limits in some setups:SMS
count
 Unicode
characters
 ASCII
letters
 Transfer time of
slower networks
Single text (limit of very old phones)1701606 seconds
Lyca/O2 UK limits sending (but not receiving) to (as of 2014)213430612 seconds
Limit of Sony Ericsson T100 (any longer are shown fragmented)640291836 seconds
Receiving limit apparently introduced by EE / T-Mobile early 2017 (longer can be falsely reported delivered)17113926012 minutes
Seems HTC/WM6.1 firmware bug can confuse delivery reports after80536012,2408 minutes
Limit of Samsung Galaxy S2 (Android 4.1)120804018,36012 minutes
Vodafone UK's limit 2013 (longer not sent)127850919,43113 minutes
Theoretical limit25517,08539,01525 minutes

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