I'm wondering if anyone could provide some advice at to whether UNICODE
UTF-8 encoding is a suitable encoding method for mail messages to cell
phonesof all of the three carriers (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI/AU, and Vodaphone) in
Having worked on computer projects in Japan since the mid-80s, I am familiar
with the earlier resistance to UNICODE and the fact that 7-bit JIS encoding
was the defacto standard for sending e-mail messages until recently.
Are there any caveats about sending messages in UTF-8 that someone should be
UTF-8 takes 4 bytes to represent each character whereas JIS only takes 1 or
2bytes per character. Are there still any cell phones out there that
restrictthe size (I assume number of packets) of e-mail that tightly that a
reasonably-sized message might be truncated or mis-decoded?
I know that several years ago some cell phones had a maximum mail message
length, but I believe that seems to no longer to be an issue w ith newer
models. Since cell phones are essentially "throw-away" items when they are
lost, broken or the rechargable batteries become inoperable, can one safely
assume the life expectancy of any given model is probably about 3 years and
that the older models that carried restrictions have pretty much all gone to
the recycle bin?
Any thoughts, information or pointers to relevant web sites would be most
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Received on Sat Mar 4 14:05:37 2006