It it possible to force SMS messages to only display as text on the recipient's cell phone?

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We send bulk SMS appointment reminders and recently have had an increase in customers getting them converted to emojis as they are effectively emoticons. So an appointment time containing a colon separator such as "10:05" appears on the recipient's phone with the emoji equivalent of :0 in the midst of the message.

I understand that the conversion is down to local settings on the phone but is there anyway to code the message that says "only display me as text" as the sender?

Needs to work for any recipient, can't send an image as an alternative.
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What you can do is to display time differently
let say replace : by h
 10h05


You cannot control  / force user device settings but you can control what you are sending and the way is it formatted.
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Thanks it's a good suggestion.

Unfortunately the message string merge is hard coded so this is about mitigating the time being in this standard format.
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I would transform it before sending it..
So you received a time data, you transform the data then send the message.
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Thanks, looks like the answer to my question is "no" then :(
Will start looking at the code to see if we can change the separator from a colon.

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