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Question #47439 posted on 09/17/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So my lack of technological knowledge is super embarrassing. Thank goodness for anonymity! Anyway, like many BYU students, I have a cell phone. And I text. However, I have noticed that some people text really fast because part of the word pops up and they can choose which one they want. My phone doesn't do that. I have to type each letter and it's a pain. My question is this: is it my phone (Verizon LG silver something...) or an extra fee I need to pay to enables this? If you could help me figure this out, I would be most grateful.

- should probably stick with rotary phones...

A: Dear Ethel,

The ability for your phone to predict what you want to write is called "predictive texting" (also abbreviated as T9). Unfortunately your phone doesn't seem to come with the ability so you'd need to buy a new phone in order to have it. But the good news is that almost all phones now come with it, so it shouldn't be hard to find a new phone you like with that ability when the time comes.

-Polly Esther