TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Can You Disable Text Messaging?

Re: Can You Disable Text Messaging?
Fri, 10 Jun 2005 05:56:13 -0500

Joseph wrote:

>>> That's interesting. Both Verizon and Sprint have disabled SMS
>>> completely when I requested it. Why can't T-Mobile?

>> Maybe it has to do with the way GSM works. You didn't mention AT&T
>> Wireless or Cingular. SMS is part of the GSM spec. I don't know if
>> that's the case with CDMA.

Isaiah Beard wrote:

> It is, but can be inhibited if need be. I have to say, SMS seems to
> be GSM's achilles' heel. A lot of signalling functions on GSM appear
> to be handled by thinly vieled SMS messages, stuff that would be
> handled on a more formal level in CDMA through the paging channel.

Are there on-line specs for GSM and/or CDMA ?

> I'm willing to bet that T-Mobile is unwilling to fully disable SMS on
> an account because in many markets, they still use it for voicemail
> and other notifications.

Do they send the voicemail 'digitally compressed' [eg. simulated] ?

What is the average bits/sec which they need ?

Thanks for any info.

Chris Glur

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