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SMS is a common method of sending short messages between cell phones. Find out how SMS works and learn about the advantages of text messaging.

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Computer Hardware Internet Computer Software Computer Security Computer Peripherals HowStuffWorks Tech When someone tries to call you, the tower sends your phone a message over the control channel tha... The tower also gives your phone a pair of voice channel frequencies to use for the call. The control channel also provides the pathway for SMS messages. When a friend sends you an SMS message, the message flows through the SMSC, then to the tower, an... In the same way, when you send a message, your phone sends it to the tower on the control channel... The actual data format for the message includes things like the length of the message, a time sta... For a complete byte-by-byte breakdown of the message format, see this page. Why Cassini Crashed: Protecting Icy Moon Enceladus at All Costs Constellations of Internet Satellites Will Beam Broadband Everywhere Puzzling, Peculiar and Phenomenal: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week Most Popular 10 Nightmare Scenarios From the Internet of Things How the Dyson Bladeless Fan Works Could you put a camera in a contact lens?

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