Chapter 5. Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes

In This Chapter

  • Sending and receiving SMS (text) and MMS (multimedia) messages

  • Using the Notes application

Chances are this is your first experience with an intelligent virtual keyboard. In the beginning, it will probably feel awkward. Within a few days, however, many iPhone users report that they not only have become comfortable using it but have become proficient virtual typists as well.

By the time you finish this chapter, we think you'll feel comfortable and proficient, too. You discover all about using the virtual keyboard in Chapter 2. In this chapter, we focus on two iPhone applications that use text — namely, Messages and Notes.

Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes


The Messages application lets you exchange short text messages with any cell phone that supports the SMS protocol.

New in iPhone OS 3.0 is support for the MMS protocol, which lets you exchange pictures, contacts, videos, ringtones, and other audio recordings, and locations with any cell phone that supports the MMS protocol.


SMS is the acronym for the Short Message Service protocol; MMS is the acronym for the Multimedia Messaging Service protocol. Most phones sold today support one or both protocols.


MMS support is built into iPhone OS 3.0 and higher and works with iPhone 3G and 3GS (but not the first-generation iPhone). And though it took awhile, Apple's exclusive wireless partner in the United ...

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