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Common Terms: What does SMS mean? And much more...

SMS stands for Short Message Service. This is what is commonly known as a "text message." A SMS message is 160 characters. If you want to stop SMS messages or offers, type STOP. You can reply HELP for more information about the message or offer. More>>

An introduction to Mobile

For many of us the mobile world is becoming more and more a part of our daily lives.  We use our cellular phone as an alarm clock and it's the first thing we touch each morning.  The 'standard' cell phone has evolved into the smartphone with so many different features and functions that we may actually use it very little as an actual phone More>>

Is my phone a smartphone?

Good question! This can be confusing for a lot of people, and a big part of the reason for the uncertainty is that there is no industry standard definition of a smartphone.  In general terms a smartphone is a mobile phone that offers advanced features, often similar to the capabilities of a personal computer.  More>>

Text Alerts: How do they work?

Mobile Text Alerts (SMS Alerts) from WKOW fall into seven main groups: Breaking News Alerts, Severe Weather Alerts, School Closing Alerts, Daily Forecast Alerts, Programming Alerts, Traffic Alerts and WKOW Mobile Rewards Club Alerts. More>>

A direct link to WKOW's mobile web site, m.wkow.com, which is optimized for viewing on web-capable phones. More>>

How to send a text message

There are so many different types of phones on the market that it can be nearly impossible to provide a tutorial on how to send a text message from each and every one.  This guide is intended to provide you with some basic and common information, but it is not intended to fit perfectly for every type of phone. More>>

What is the difference between the mobile web (WAP) and an app?

The Mobile Internet is quite simply a name given to the Internet when you access it from a mobile device, like a smartphone or a tablet.  It's essentially the same Internet you would access from a desktop computer.  However, because a smartphone is clearly much different from a desktop computer in both its size and its features many websites have created unique versions that are designed to display better on a mobile device than the traditional website would. More>>

Can I receive text alerts on my phone?

The delivery of text (SMS) messages to your phone require multiple steps and can be impacted by a variety of factors along the way. More>>

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