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Add me to the bunch. Most flip phones can receive smart punctuation without the garbling if you buy data. I don’t plan on spending hundreds of dollars on data with the only purpose of receiving texts.
Yes, my sister turned off smart punctuation, but like others have said, I can’t ask or expect everyone to do that.
It should be a simple solution if Apple would listen. Keep your “smart” punctuation for e-mail and other word-processing programs/apps, but have a separate software coding for texting that uses the old, plain, “un-smart” punctuation for texting. Texting is not meant to be formal. It is a quick chat, and many if not most still use acronyms for words/series of words.
For everything that can be done nowadays this should be a simple solution. The hard part is getting them to listen. Yes, we are safe with androids right now, but I expect they will want to follow suit. Let’s pray they are listening.