Sending texts with upside down question marks
Cubita
Enthusiast - Level 1

I send text messages to my friends and some of them are getting a bunch of upside down question marks. One of them is an iPhone user the other is not. Obviously its something the Droid has that the other phones don't. Please help!

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Wildman
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In the message are you using and emotions faces, maybe the device that you are sending to does not know how to read the emotions or maybe even a character.that the the opther phone cant read.  try sending yourself a number of email with a list of charaters and emotions and see if you can get the situation to repeat itself on your device and maybe you can isolate it then..

 

UPDATE: Not sure if this helps any but I just realized if you are using the default keyboard and press and hold the ? mark on the phones keyboard it gives you a upside down question mark as a option..  I wonder if its possible you are triggering this somehow?

mortb
Specialist - Level 3

The upsidedown question mark is Spanish. They usually begin a question with a rightsideup question mark and end it with the upside down one. Somehow you are sending a Spanish symbol, and the Droid X is in both English and Spanish. Are you somehow mixing the two languages?

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Ann154
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@mortb
Uh you are making me dig through my high school Spanish class memories. 😛 Granted I shouldn't even be on here midnight. Got to get up early.

I think in Spanish questions start with an upside down question mark and end with a right side up (?) question mark.
Anyone who speaks or writes Spanish, please correct me if I am wrong.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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mortb
Specialist - Level 3

You may be correct. Since I do not speak Spanish, I really don't know. I know it's either one or the other.

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Cubita
Enthusiast - Level 1

No...I am not sending upside down question marks. Yes, I do speak and write Spanish but that is not the thing. For some reason the other phones are receiving text messages that it cannot decode. And it is sporadic so I am not sure what triggers it. Its not emoticons.

emscowboy
Newbie

You are not alone I have the same problem the texts are sent without any punctuations other than a period or two, they show up on all kinds of phones other than the Droid phones with upside down question marks between every letter in the message, I've even been looking for an alternate text message app to replace the one on the droid. It driving my friends bonkers....

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Wildman
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emscowboy wrote:

You are not alone I have the same problem the texts are sent without any punctuations other than a period or two, they show up on all kinds of phones other than the Droid phones with upside down question marks between every letter in the message,I've even been looking for an alternate text message app to replace the one on the droid. It driving my friends bonkers....


A number of user seem to like ChompSMS from the market for free, maybe you should give it a shot.

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emscowboy
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Got the suggestion to try using swype to enter the text and see if that helps, if not I will try swithing to CHOMP SMS its got to be better than everyone else trying to guess what you trying to say...Thanks

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reallyniceguy
Contributor - Level 3
Im surprised nobody here has the right answer to this. Its your signature. remove special characters in your signature and it will start working fine.
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deborahgfan71
Enthusiast - Level 3

I use Handcent for text messages and i love it.

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jayh7779
Enthusiast - Level 1

I have the same problem and it seems to happen only when my battery is at less than 20% and when I've inputed more than four lines. 

 

Any actual answers besides using another text app???

 

 

breezex
Specialist - Level 3

Are the texts going to a non-Verizon phone?  Maybe an iPhone on AT&T?

LaurieSachs
Enthusiast - Level 1

I'm having this same issue, upside down question marks between each letter of my text. It's happened twice this week both to different iphone users. My battery is fully charged, they were both longer texts. There were no emoticons or Spanish characters used. Is there a solution or explanation to this?

LSS
Enthusiast - Level 2

My texts frequently send upside down question marks and other random marks. Everyone I text is a Verizon customer, no one is using the iphone and this never happened on my Droid. The Droid X randomly sends my texts with characters and later texts are sent properly.

I don't use smiley faces only actual text. It is random and it is driving me crazy. I am seriously considering going back to my original Droid.

 

ohhellnaw
Enthusiast - Level 1

I figured out this problem of why upside down question marks appear in text. If you hold down the question mark symbol for 2 seconds then release and press the question mark symbol again regularly, you will have an upside and right side up question mark

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