Compressed SMS (and other text messages)

Tehn Yit Chin tehn.yit.chin at
Mon Mar 26 01:10:59 CEST 2007

One of the things that I have just received recently is that, somehow,
the network detected that I had a phone that was not able to receive a
MMS. It just sent me a text message with a web address in it to
retrieve it. This implementation is not too good as it immediacy of
SMS is lost.

Can the type of phone be known by the network, if so, can we exploit to it?

On 3/23/07, Jeff Andros <jeff at> wrote:
> On 3/22/07, Ian Stirling <ian.stirling at> wrote:
> > Andreas Kostyrka wrote:
> > > * Jonathon Suggs < jsuggs at> [070321 22:58]:
> > >> Andreas Kostyrka wrote:
> <snip>
> > >> My challenge is just to think bigger.  Think how this could be
> incorporated to work with *any* phone.  Then you can have a much larger
> group of people to brainstorm, test, and bugfix.
> > >> We have enough protocols and standards to support.  Creating yet
> another one isn't really going to help that much.  Also, I don't know anyone
> else that is planning on getting a
> > >> OpenMoko device, so its pretty pointless for me at this point.  I know
> you've got to start somewhere, but starting out a battle fighting uphill
> isn't the best of ideas.
> > >>
> what about sacrificing a few bytes at the beginning/end of the compressed
> data to include "to decompress, forward to xxxx".  If you've got an
> openmoko/other compression capable phone, this would be disregarded, but for
> the vanilla phone users out there, forwarding to that number/short code
> would send the encoded data to a decoding server, which would then call back
> to the sender with the decompressed message(s).
> it's not really that good a solution, kind of kludgy, and it would cost
> whoever you sent the message to several extra texts. On the other hand, it
> generates some interest, and shows a tangible benefit to purchasing an
> openmoko phone... for the heavy sms'er this could even start saving them
> some cash.
> anyways, I got to thinking of the compatibility problem, and this popped
> into my head... hopefully it'll help spur some more ideas
> --
> Jeff
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