If you are in class or at work, you may not be able to make a phone call on your Blackberry but you may be able to send a text message. Text messages allow you to send a brief note to almost anyone's cell phone, which can be ideal for when you shouldn't be on the phone and need to say something quickly.
Text messages can be sent from your BlackBerry device to anyone who owns a cell phone that supports MMS or SMS messaging. BlackBerry devices feature a full QWERTY keyboard, allowing for quick text entry. As a comparison, phones without a full keyboard usually require multiple presses of a key to get the desired letters for a message, increasing the amount of time it takes to compose one.
Full touch-screen BlackBerry devices feature the SurePress technology, which allows users to enter text messages accurately. This reduces accidental double key presses and typos, letting users compose messages even more quickly. Phones that make use of a traditional keyboard employ a similar technology called SureType.
Although it depends on the user's wireless service provider, BlackBerry phones can typically send many different file types along with text messages. For example, pictures or videos that have just been shot with a BlackBerry may be able to be attached to text messages. Users may also be able to send music in the form of a .midi file. Other file types include .avi, .mov, .gif, .jpg and .ics.
The text messaging feature on a BlackBerry device can be completely customized to a user's needs. Users may choose to stop receiving any messages when roaming, for example, or they can block messages completely. New messages can be set to open automatically when the device is removed from its holster.
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