The SMS standard for text messaging is limited to 160 characters. That length is an industry standard for text messaging. (Read this LA Times article for more info on how/why that number was chosen.)
Omnilert sends standard text messages for maximum compatibility across all mobile device brands and mobile carriers. To reach the most people, we stick to the standards.
When composing an alert, the SMS counter will indicate how many characters are remaining.
This message would send with about 26 characters remaining.
If the message exceeds the maximum length for SMS, the character counter will turn red.
- To reserve more characters for your message, keep your SMS "From Name" setting as short as possible.
- Regain a few added characters by disabling the "FR:", "MSG:", and "SUBJ:" optional message headers found in the Network settings for Omnilert.
- The counter will turn yellow when there are only 20 characters remaining. This lets you know that you're close to the technical limit. Not all mobile carriers display up to the 160 character standard, so leaving a few extra characters is advised.
- Sending to Twitter? Keeping messages to about 140 characters will make them compatible with Twitter's even-shorter 140 character limit.