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Can I send Arabic / Cyrillic / Greek characters?

Yes, although you can use only 70 characters in a message. A standard SMS message can contain up to 160 characters because ita uses the GSM alphabet. Certain characters (e.g. Cyrillic, Arabic or Chinese) are not supported in the alphabet. To be able to send these characters in an SMS we use the Unicode standard, Unicode messages are limited to 70 characters.

Wikipedia has a good overview of the standard GSM alphabet.


Web interface

The web interface will automatically switch to "Unicode Mode" when you prepare a message with Unicode characters. unicode



By default our gateway interprets messages as if sent with the standard GSM alphabet. To set your message up for unicode messaging include <DCS>8</DCS> in your <MSG>-element, also see the example below.

Last modified on 19/05/2017
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