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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Text Messaging by charlsecy4(m): 7:37pm On Jan 27, 2013

Text messaging is a non-voice communication tool that enables a user to send short messages to another user. The service is available on all modern phones.

Text messaging has some advantages over other means of communication.

Cheaper: Sending a text message is less expensive than placing a regular phone call or video call.

Record keeping: A person can easily deny or misrepresent the information you gave them on a phone call, but when you send a text message, it is stored in your "sent items," while for the receiver, it is available in their inbox. It is a good way to keep record and remember contents of a conversation.

Signal economy: Text messaging is more efficient in terms of managing service signals. Text messaging uses less amounts of service signals than phone calling, video calling and/or email, which may require the availabilty of at least 3G.

Discretion: Text messaging is a good alternative in situations where phone calling is not appropriate, for example, during a meeting, or you don't want others to hear your conversations.

Mild interruption: Unlike a regular phone call, you can respond to a text message at your convenience. A phone call demands your immediate response whether it is convenient for you or not.

Reduces unneeded talk time: Text messaging reduces the amount of time spent talking. A phone call could lead to unnecessary talks, but with a text message, you go straight to the point. Most phones have t9 text input which enhances speed typing.

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Text messaging facilitates the exchange of short messages. Text messaging can serve as a substitute to phone calling, could be used in a remote control system, participation in a contest, service requests, advertising, and so forth. However, text messaging has some disadvantages.

Limited storage: There is a limit to the number of text messages that could be stored in the phone. If your inbox gets full, your phone can no longer receive anymore messages unless you delete some of them. If your SIM card or phone goes bad, you could lose your messages, if not backed up. However, some service providers have deployed a way around this, for example, Glo SMS4Ever.

Length: Text messaging when the content is lengthy is not convenient. A page of a text message could contain 160, 140 or 70 characters [including spaces] depending on the bit of the characters. Although you can send a multi-page text message, the higher the number of pages, the higher the probability of delivery failure.

Content: A text message is what it is; it can contain only text. It does not support other media, including videos, pictures, melodies or animations. To be able to send a multimedia message, you must use Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) or MMS.

Not suitable in emergencies: In situations that require immediate response, text messaging may not be the most viable option.

Security issues: Gartner has recommended that confidential messages shouldn't be sent using the regular consumer SMS as the contents of a common text message could be seen by the network's systems and personnel.

Not applicable to certain physically disadvantaged persons: For example, a blind person cannot read the contents of a text message on a phone's regular display.

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