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Beyond160 App Now Supports OS 5.0 Breaking 160 Character SMS Limit on CDMA BlackBerrys

Beyond160 On of the annoyances with having a CDMA BlackBerry is that many carriers like Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, Bell, Telus, & US Cellular limit the number of characters in a SMS to 160 or even 140. Practically all GSM carriers allow you to send a “Enhanced SMS” which lets you string 6 SMS messages together but there is no easy way to do this on a CDMA device.

Beyond160 from Cannon Software fixed this issue awhile back but they did not update the app to support OS 5.0. I just found out that the latest release 1.0.6 works like a charm on OS 5.0 BlackBerrys and allows you to break that 160 character limit by automatically sending it in multiple parts with the appropriate markers… (1/3), (2/3), (3/3).

They have a full 14 day trial after which you can pick it up for $6.99 in the store. Its a bit pricey for a one trick app but if you are a heavy texter you might just need the upgrade.

Thanks Tom for sending this one in!

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  1. FYI, this is a free upgrade for anyone who bought Beyond160 in the past to use with a pre-OS v5.0 device.

  2. This is an awesome app! I use it all the time and LOVE IT!! Thanks beyond 160 !

    • Same here!

      One great use is the ability to be able to forward SMS messages that I receive than contain more than 160 characters. VZW, at least, allows a BlackBerry to receive, but not send, larger messages — this is sometimes problematic since other VZW devices do not have the same restrictions on outgoing message size. In the past, my only forwarding options were to either manually break apart the messages into chunks or to forward as e-mail (often inconvenient or untimely for the recipient).

  3. Or use crunchSMS which does this for free!

  4. Yeah, I’ve got Crunch on both my BlackBerry and was trying to figure out what this does that CrunchSMS doesn’t already do for free? Anyone tried both or know of a head-to-head?

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