Issues / Quirks with SMS via GUI (Messages app)

Matthew Lane malane at
Fri Jul 18 19:40:51 CEST 2008

Hey all,

I have a few issues / quirks with the Messages app in sending and 
reading SMS messages.

First, a problem I noticed was that when switching to the middle option 
in the Messages program (where the FR lists all text messages) was 
extremely slow.  The whole program would lock up (I could still tab to 
other programs) but my Messages program would run extremely slow.  This 
is NOT related to the SIM, as I have popped out the SIM card and 
experienced the same issues.

Second, this is more of a major issue but I am not sure if it's 
carrier-related or a problem with the phone's Message software itself.  
When attempting to send a text message, I cannot send a message to a 
number formatted (123) 456-7890 (eg. how VCard inserts its numbers).  
However, when I text a number in the format 1234567890 it works just 
fine.  VCard importing prefers the (123) 456-7890 format unfortunately.

Also, the majority of my text messages are inserted into the "Unknown 
Sender" contact, because some carriers append a "1" at the beginning of 
their numbers.  Is there any simple solution for the Messages program to 
identify this?

And one curious question, what does the "mail sending" icon embedded 
into some outgoing text messages indicate?


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