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TECH PING! Cell Phone Receiving Little Tiny Squares Instead of Letter and Words..
4.20.13 | chickensoup

Posted on 04/20/2013 3:48:50 PM PDT by Chickensoup

I have an ENV3 cell phone. I love it as antiquated as it is. However I find I can no longer send picutres to my friends with smartphones and they sometimes cannot send me texts. Sometimes their texts come through as letter trains of squares.

Is this normal between phones as the technology improves or do I need a new ENV3?

I really like the level of tech I have with my current phone.

I really like to text the kids.

I like to occasionally like to send a picture out.

And nothing beats this technology for actually being able to hear a conversation and hold a battery charge.

So techies? Is it a broken phone or is it that chickensoup is being left way behind in the technology upgrades and verizon wants me to upgrade by not letting me communicate with my friends. Not that I am paranoid or anything...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cellphone; chat; vanity
I have an ENV3 cell phone. I love it as antiquated as it is. However I find I can no longer send picutres to my friends with smartphones and they sometimes cannot send me texts. Sometimes their texts come through as letter trains of squares.

Is this normal between phones as the technology improves or do I need a new ENV3?

I really like the level of tech I have with my current phone.

I really like to text the kids.

I like to occasionally like to send a picture out.

And nothing beats this technology for actually being able to hear a conversation and hold a battery charge.

So techies? Is it a broken phone or is it that chickensoup is being left way behind in the technology upgrades and verizon wants me to upgrade by not letting me communicate with my friends. Not that I am paranoid or anything...

1 posted on 04/20/2013 3:48:50 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

Translation of the squares: E.T. phone home.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 3:54:08 PM PDT by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis in Extremis)
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To: chulaivn66

Translation of the squares: E.T. phone home.

_____________________-

No, that’s not it. EVEN I know that!


3 posted on 04/20/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

The Devil made me do it. It’s Saturday and I’m insane. I apologize.


4 posted on 04/20/2013 4:01:14 PM PDT by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis in Extremis)
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To: Chickensoup

You’re Fukt!


5 posted on 04/20/2013 4:03:02 PM PDT by x1stcav (Illegals? Jihadis? Round 'em up and move 'em out. Rawhide!)
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To: Chickensoup

I think your LIKE button is stuck.


6 posted on 04/20/2013 4:03:54 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Chickensoup
Get one of these and you won't have to worry about all thse digital problems.

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7 posted on 04/20/2013 4:04:02 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: chulaivn66

I thought it might be your fault.


8 posted on 04/20/2013 4:07:14 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: x1stcav

I wish.


9 posted on 04/20/2013 4:07:30 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: 1raider1

There is no like button on my phone. It is a steam-powered cell phone.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 4:08:13 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: umgud

Chickensoup knows when her wing is being pulled.


11 posted on 04/20/2013 4:08:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup
Are you logged in?
12 posted on 04/20/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: Chickensoup

There are several phones that will do what you want. Depending on your carrier you can buy one for about $50. I got a Go Phone when I damaged my fancy phone. I get text, take and send pictures and get my e-mail.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 4:14:14 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: Chickensoup

Not a techie here but often if you remove the battery, wait a bit, then reinsert it, many problems clear up. Good luck.


14 posted on 04/20/2013 4:15:30 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Logged into my cell phone? of course. It is a cell phone. It is not a smart phone.

http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/lg-env3-slate-blue/4505-6454_7-33665842.html


15 posted on 04/20/2013 4:15:46 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Is there a setting to change the language? Little squares is what I see on some chinese websites in place of the chinees character set that I don’t have on my computer.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 4:16:05 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: ThomasThomas

This is not a fancy phone.


17 posted on 04/20/2013 4:16:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes it’s weird. I’ve seen the same thing on close captioned TV.

They’re listening IN.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 4:17:41 PM PDT by A'elian' nation
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To: pbear8

I have taken out the battery.

I guess bottom line are not fancy phones like mine, becomeing increasingly unable to communicate with the new generations of phones. My phone is five year old technology.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 4:17:55 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Neither is mine. My fancy phone got wet so I bought a cheap replacement. $50. No contract.


20 posted on 04/20/2013 4:23:15 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: Chickensoup

I think TracPhones start at about $10.


21 posted on 04/20/2013 4:28:42 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Chickensoup; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

22 posted on 04/20/2013 4:34:04 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Chickensoup

Look up your model phone and try to reset it. You will probably lose your contacts and pics, though.


23 posted on 04/20/2013 4:36:28 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Chickensoup

Well, first test it. What are they sending you, and what phones does it show on correctly.

You may simply need to add a new charachterset to the phone. Perhaps they are sending moticons.

It could also be acommunication problem between different cell carriers.

Ordinary text should send between any phone just fine - the Envy 3 (I had the 1 and 2) should work just fine.


24 posted on 04/20/2013 4:37:00 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

I can find character sets? I will do some exploring.


25 posted on 04/20/2013 4:38:04 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Nokia 920 says hi.


26 posted on 04/20/2013 4:43:41 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

Ah a compatriot!


27 posted on 04/20/2013 4:44:49 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Yo-Yo

Most all of my friends text in English...actually all of them do.

A couple text in TEEN-ESE, but I am a rigorous parent.


28 posted on 04/20/2013 4:46:41 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

Hey, Chick. If someone texts you from a “smart phone” and adds a graphic emoticon, i.e. a real smiley face instead of :), all the text will appear as symbols.


29 posted on 04/20/2013 4:48:48 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: Chickensoup

Simple fix: Put your cellphone in your microwave, set for 10 minutes.... then get out of the room... maybe you should should leave the house.

When you return, I absolutely guarantee that you will never again have a problem with that phone.

Sorry.... I have an iPhone 4s and have never had an issue. If it were me, I’d call my service provider. Perhaps it’s as simple as a quick download to update.

Good luck.


30 posted on 04/20/2013 4:48:55 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Chickensoup

“Square” used to be slang for cigarettes so someone is sending you virtual ones.


31 posted on 04/20/2013 4:53:16 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Chickensoup
I never saw the point of “phone envy”. my little flip phone was fine, but my husband begged me to upgrade, so, I got the next best thing, a slider with a nice querty keyboard.

I wanted the phone to ring and I would answer it, just like the old days. I was happy with what I had.

Then it happened. The little squares, the lost texts, the laughing and pointing.

So I relented and got the most recent iPhone at the time an iPhone 4S.

Give it up Chickensoup. No matter the brand go hi tech, all of your problems will be solved and you will be so happy.

I now understand phone envy. LOL!

32 posted on 04/20/2013 4:59:14 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Chickensoup

I had an ENV original, my daughter has it now. It still runs fine. I tried to give her a new phone but she wants that ENV.
These things do wear out, you know. If removing the battery and rebooting it doesn’t help, it may be shot.


33 posted on 04/20/2013 5:00:13 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Chickensoup

Those symbols are called “Arabic.”

You must have found Obama’s personal cellphone.


34 posted on 04/20/2013 5:10:28 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Chickensoup

Apply for a new Obamafoam.


35 posted on 04/20/2013 5:14:19 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Chickensoup

Just explain to the problem to the person that sent you the text (ie. CALL THEM). Ask them what they did.

- Most likely: They have an emoticon font and they added a cute smiley face.

Then have them experiment a bit to see what text messages they can send you that you can read.

Don’t just do a blind search.


36 posted on 04/20/2013 5:26:25 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Chickensoup

Gets yooz an Obama phooooooone!

37 posted on 04/20/2013 5:45:24 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Chickensoup
Most all of my friends text in English...actually all of them do.

Yup, but if your phone was expecting chineese (because at some point the phone reset the language,) it might show squares when presented with english characters.

Just a stab in the dark.

38 posted on 04/20/2013 5:46:36 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Chickensoup
It's almost certainly a character set and/or font display problem. Earlier posters made some good suggestions.

You might also investigate whether the phone has support for the "UTF-8" character set that allows Oriental and other non-ASCII characters. Without UTF-8 support enabled, if someone else's phone is sending in UTF-8, you'll probably get those little squares.

UTF-8 support is becoming pretty universal -- over half the Web uses it now.

39 posted on 04/20/2013 7:25:44 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Pikachu_Dad; Chickensoup

See post 29....

The same thing happend to me when my one of my daughters sent me a “smart” phone text with a smiley face. All I got was a bunch of symbols, and a phone call from her, inquiring why I had not responded.


40 posted on 04/21/2013 5:32:22 AM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob

lThank you. That is good to know


41 posted on 04/21/2013 2:59:24 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: KittenClaws

I am sorry kittie, I am a smart-phone virgin and intend to remain one.


42 posted on 04/21/2013 3:00:38 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup
LOL!

Wish I was. Things do become more complicated once you “give it up”.

43 posted on 04/21/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I look at smart phones and their apps as STDs


44 posted on 04/21/2013 3:47:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t think the iPhone is a smart phone, is it?


45 posted on 04/21/2013 5:22:17 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I think it is in that catagory. You are infected!


46 posted on 04/21/2013 5:23:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup

I admit it. I’m a junkie. After that, it was the iPad ..what I’m using right now, but dam, its so light and portable..and there is the cloud.....


47 posted on 04/21/2013 5:34:05 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

junkie!

Love you anyhow!


48 posted on 04/21/2013 5:50:19 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup
Proudly, and thriftily retro !


             

49 posted on 04/21/2013 5:59:51 PM PDT by tomkat
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