Cell phone’s messaging features have to do with its ability to browse the Internet, send and receive text and multimedia messages as well as email through your cell phone.
Some cell phones contain or accept software that will turn your handset into a mini
wireless Internet browser. Depending on the model, the ability to browse the Internet with your cell phone varies. The most
basic version of mobile web browsing only allows access to text-only pages specifically designed to be viewed through cell phones,
while more advanced models enable the user to surf and see full websites.
Also known as MMS, multimedia messaging is a capability that allows you to send and receive
messages that contain not only text, but also other “media” such as pictures, video-clips, graphics, audio-clips, etc.
HTML is the standard code used to build Internet pages. Some cell phones are enabled
to view full web sites that contain HTML codes.
SMS stands for short messaging service, or the capability for a phone to send and/or receive
short text messages. These text messages can be sent either to another cell phone–through the phone number–or to an email address.
Some cell phones have the ability to send and receive emails, using such servers as POP, IMAP and STMP.
As the name suggests, instant messaging (IM) provides extremely rapid chat between two or more
users. IM differs from other kinds of messaging such as SMS in the sense that it uses the Internet as the communication platform. Some of
the popular IM applications are Yahoo! and AOL instant messengers.
Traditionally, IM “chat” occurs between personal computers. However, cell phones with built-in IM capabilities are enabled to send and receive instant
messages–from and to PCs and other IM-enabled cell phones.
Also, IM allows the user to set up a “buddy list,” and to see whether any particular user on this list is online (available) or not
before the message is sent.