Character sets supported on the BlackBerry smartphone

Article ID: KB04262

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 03-14-2012

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier
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  • BlackBerry® Device Software
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A character set includes common letters and numbers. The BlackBerry® smartphone supports the following character sets.

BlackBerry® 6:

ASCII
US-ASCII
UTF-16LE
UTF-8
UTF-16BE
UCS2
KOI8_R
KOI8_U
TIS620

ISO®:

ISO8859_2
ISO8859_3
ISO8859_4
ISO8859_5
ISO8859_6
ISO8859_7
ISO8859_8
ISO8859_10
ISO8859_13
ISO8859_14
ISO8859_15
ISO8859_16

Windows®:

Windows-874
Windows-949
Windows-1250
Windows-1251
Windows-1252
Windows-1253
Windows-1254
Windows-1255
Windows-1256
Windows-1258

CJK:

Big5
Big5_HKSCS
EUC_JP
EUC_KR
GB2312
JOHAB
KSC5601
Shift_JIS

BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0

* ASCII
* KOI8-r
* TIS-620
* Shift_JIS
* UTF-8
* UTF-16*
* UTF-16BE*
* UTF-16BL*


ISO®:
o iso-8859-1
o iso-8859-2
o iso-8859-3
o iso-8859-4
o iso-8859-5
o iso-8859-6
o iso-8859-7
o iso-8859-8
o iso-8859-9
o iso-8859-13
o iso-8859-15
o iso-2022-JP

Windows®:
o Windows-1250
o Windows-1251
o Windows-1252
o Windows-1253
o Windows-1254
o Windows-1255
o Windows-1256
o Windows-1257
o Windows-1258

CJK:
o BIG5
o BIG5-HKSCS
o GB2312
o EUC-JP (encoding only - no font)
o EUC-KR


BlackBerry Device Software 4.5

* ASCII
* KOI8-r
* TIS-620
* Shift_JIS
* UTF-8
* UTF-16*
* UTF-16BE*
* UTF-16BL*


ISO:
o iso-8859-1
o iso-8859-2
o iso-8859-3
o iso-8859-4
o iso-8859-5
o iso-8859-6
o iso-8859-7
o iso-8859-8
o iso-8859-9
o iso-8859-13
o iso-8859-15
o iso-2022-JP

Windows:
o Windows-1250
o Windows-1251
o Windows-1252
o Windows-1253
o Windows-1254
o Windows-1255
o Windows-1256
o Windows-1257
o Windows-1258

CJK:
o BIG5
o BIG5-HKSCS
o GB2312
o EUC-JP (encoding only - no font)
o EUC-KR


BlackBerry Device Software 4.2

* US-ASCII
* KOI8-r
* TIS-620
* Shift_JIS
* UTF-8
* UTF-16*
* UTF-16BE*
* UTF-16LE*

ISO:
o iso-8859-1
o iso-8859-2
o iso-8859-3
o iso-8859-4
o iso-8859-5
o iso-8859-6
o iso-8859-7
o iso-8859-8
o iso-8859-9
o iso-8859-13
o iso-8859-15
o iso-2022-CN

Windows:
o Windows-1250
o Windows-1251
o Windows-1252
o Windows-1253
o Windows-1254
o Windows-1255
o Windows-1256
o Windows-1257
o Windows-1258

CJK:
o BIG5
o BIG5-HKSCS
o GB2312
o EUC-JP (encoding only - no font)
o EUC-KR


BlackBerry Device Software 4.1

* ASCII
* Windows-1252
* UTF-8

ISO:
o iso-8859-1
o iso-8859-2
o iso-8859-7
o iso-8859-9
o Windows-1250
o Windows-1252
o Windows-1253
o Windows-1254

CJK:
o BIG5
o BIG5-HKSCS
o GB2312


BlackBerry Device Software 4.0

* ASCII
* Windows (CP)-1252
* UTF-8
* BIG5-HKSCS


BlackBerry Device Software 3.7 and earlier

* ASCII
* Windows-1252

Note: The BlackBerry Device Software does not support surrogate pairs.

When an email message in an unsupported character set or font is sent to the BlackBerry smartphone, the message is converted to a supported character set using the default font specified in the BlackBerry smartphone. As a result, some converted characters might display incorrectly on the BlackBerry smartphone because of the difference in the way some characters are mapped by a given font set. To avoid this issue, email messages should be sent in plain text or in one of the supported character sets listed above using supported fonts such as Courier New or Times New Roman.

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