Cellphones are getting more and more evolved and full of functions and with this increases the need to enter letters instead of numbers. Sending text messages (SMS) was the forerunner of this need, but today there are many more reasons to write on the phone than just SMS.
More modern gadgets like smartphones that use Android or all generations of iPhone solve this problem by showing a keyboard on the touch screen. In this case is very simple and has no mystery, being as on a real keyboard.
But the low-end or even the top-of-the-line handsets of a few generations ago as the Nokia N95 only have a standard keyboard, with leading numbers and letters written on the bottom. This article explains how to write a text on keyboards like that, like the figure below.
On this keyboard each number has some letters on the bottom. The number 4 key has the letters “ghi” just below it. In a text field while writing to the cell phone, each press of this key will show a number or letter in the sequence “4”, “g”, “h”, “i” … and start repeating again. It works the same way for all the keys on the phone, some of which have letters that are not printed on the keyboard, such as accented characters, “ç” or punctuation marks. Each manufacturer determines how the keyboard works in the way it sees fit. If you have to type two equal letters in a row, just wait 1 or 2 seconds between rings so the phone understands that you are starting another letter.
This article is pretty basic compared to others we have here on the site, but I received this question from a reader and I preferred to explain by writing a full text. Is that you? Ever had difficulty writing lyrics on your cell phone? Which device do you use? Does it have a numeric keypad or full keyboard with all the letters?
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