Determine the number of text messages sent and received
How to determine the number of text messages you've sent or received
View your messaging usage in My TELUS
To view your messaging usage:
- to your account
- Select Usage
- Select View messaging usage
- From the Period menu, select the desired time frame you want to review
- Select View
You will see a summary of your usage for sent and received messages in the Text Message meters. For a more detailed view of your messaging usage, look under the Daily messaging usage section.
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Length of a text message
The international standard for 1 text message is limited to 140 bytes, which translates into a maximum length between 63 and 160 characters, depending on the type of characters used by the phone.
What determines the length
When writing a text message, the characters used will impact the type of encoding used by the phone.
The 2 most common character encoding types used by devices are:
- GSM (7-bit alphabet), whose library contains 128 characters, including 10 escape ones (that count for 2 standard characters each). The maximum length of a text encoded in GSM is between 153 and 160 characters in length, and
- Unicode (UCS-2), whose library contains more than 120 000 characters. The maximum length of a text encoded in Unicode is between 63 and 70 characters in length
The phone picks the encoding automatically, depending on the characters used. For example, the phone will convert the text into Unicode automatically, when using an emoji, a symbol or a letter with an accent (e.g. é).
The maximum size of a text message is always 140 bytes, but the number of characters will vary, depending on which ones are used.
What happens when the text message is long
A long message will be automatically split into multiple ones. To ensure the receiver gets them in the correct order, each multi-part message uses 6 bytes for its User Data Header (UDH), which allows the parts to assemble correctly when received. This leaves 134 bytes for the actual message content.
Text using GSM encoding:
- 1 standard SMS message = up to 160 characters
- 2 concatenated SMS messages = up to 306 characters
Text using UCS-2 encoding:
- 1 standard SMS message = up to 70 characters
- 2 concatenated SMS messages = up to 134 characters