What is SMS vs. MMS vs. QWERTY vs. T9?

This article details the differences between these messaging acronyms

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SMS, MMS, QWERTY, and T9 are all acronyms for different elements of cell phone messaging. But what exactly is SMS text messaging? What is MMS picture messaging? What is QWERTY? What is T9 predictive text? How do they differentiate from each other?

This article will help you understand the differences between these technologies.

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What Is SMS Text Messaging?

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SMS stands for short message service. The service allows for short text messages to be sent from one cell phone to another cell phone or from the Web to another cell phone.

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What Is MMS Picture Messaging?

MMS messaging, which stands for multimedia messaging service, takes SMS text messaging a step further. MMS allows for longer message lengths beyond the traditional, 160-character SMS limit.

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QWERTY is the acronym that commonly describes today’s standard keyboard layout on English-language phones and computers.

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What Is T9 Predictive Text?

The acronym T9 stands for Text on 9 keys. T9 predictive texting makes SMS messaging faster especially for non-QWERTY cell phones without full keyboards.