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May 5, 2009

Why text messages are limited to 160 characters

sms It's because of a guy named Friedhelm Hillebrand that's why! It's his fault.

I came across a very nice article (link) talking about the guy who researched for the minimum number of chars that will be "perfectly sufficient" (as he calls it) to transfer thoughts from one person to another.

The research was made in 1985. The number remained the same since then. 160.

Keep in mind that for UNICODE languages the number us actually half because each character actually equals 2 characters...

Read the full story in here 

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