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Zipped SMS

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Does 'zipping' text work for small amounts of text too ?

if so, the sending mobile could zip (say) 300 characters down to a zipped SMS of 160, and the receiving mobile unzip it again at the other end.

P.S. if the mobile companies won't do it, 'we' could always write an application to run on the mobile device.

neilp, Feb 10 2006


       It's smart thinking, so giving you a + but there is a clear advantage in only being able to create "short" messages, that would be lost if you could do this.
xenzag, Feb 10 2006

       i dont understand, what difference does it make? large texts or small texts they are all the same.
Pop Weasel, Feb 10 2006

       They don't charge you lots per text because it's expensive bandwidth. They do it because the market bears it (they can). Also, they do it because who wants to really read or type that much on a cell phone. Charging verbose people can keep homicide rates down....   

       If it really costs them much, you'd bet they'd have already compressed it without users even knowing, similar to nearly every other protocol.   

       No fishbone, as I was thinking the same thing when I saw the SMS idea.
sophocles, Feb 10 2006

       Lempel-Ziv-Welch compression actually increases the filesize in most files under 1000 bytes. Most Zip programs do not bother to compress very small zip files, but just store them as plain data inside the zip file.
Minimal, Feb 14 2006

       what Minimal said. and bandwith is not an issue
theircompetitor, Feb 14 2006


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