What Is a Threaded Text Message?

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Threaded text messages display both ends of a text message conversation in chronological order on the same screen of a mobile phone. Threaded text conversations are also grouped by contact, making it easier to jump between conversations with multiple people. Not all mobile phones come with threaded text messaging, but, at the time of publication, most phones new to the market do.

Background

  • Before the arrival of threaded text messaging, messages sent on a mobile phone were only accessible through the device’s “sent” folder where all outgoing messages, regardless of destination, were kept. Incoming messages were stored in the phone’s inbox intermingled with each other, which made responding to a particular message a lengthier process. Depending on your phone’s capabilities, threaded messages remain on your device indefinitely. If your phone has a massive amount of memory, the messages will remain on the phone, grouped and in order, until you delete them or until your phone runs out of memory.

Types

  • Threaded messaging supports text, picture, voice and video messages, and offers the same grouping and chronological features, regardless of message type. Short Message Service messages, better known as text messages, and Multimedia Messaging Service messages, better known as picture, video and voice messages, are supported by threaded messaging technology. Threaded messaging does not support mobile email, but email does sort incoming and outgoing mail in chronological order, but not by contact unless you activate the email program’s filters to sort messages by contact.

How to Thread Message

  • If your phone is capable of threaded messaging, it will only offer this type of messaging by default. To send a message using this technology, create a message in the same manner as you would on any other mobile phone. When a reply arrives from the person you sent the message to, it will automatically appear at the bottom of the screen ready for you to reply. If you are carrying on multiple conversations, the thread with the last person you sent a message to will remain on the screen. To jump between conversations, you will need to go to the messaging application’s main screen where a list of all conversations appears in chronological order.

Miscellaneous

  • Most wireless providers, such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, allow you to send text, picture and video messages to an email address. Conversations carried on in this fashion appear on the phone in the same manner as if the conversation was taking place another mobile phone. Most phones also come with instant messaging capability, which is similar to text messaging, but takes place via an Internet connection with a third-party client, such as Yahoo or Microsoft.

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