# The strange SMS

I was talking with a friend via SMS when suddently, he sent me a strange message :

(16)(39)(26)(36)(25)(34)(12)(34)(47)(36)(28)(18)(36)(33)(22)(12)(18)(18)(23)(37)(39)


I asked what was going on but he didn't answer me ...
Can someone help me, what did he tell me ?

## Hints

Hint 1 :

Hint 2 :

Context is like size ... it matters.

Hint 3 :

This is a joke, there are only 2 hints.

• I edited the question to correct the sentence Aug 4, 2015 at 13:50

If you interpret each two-digit number as

The second number repeated the first number of times, so that (39) becomes 999,

We can interpret the full string as:

6-999-66-666-55-444-2-444-7777-666-88-8-666-333-999-777-33-8-8-1-1

Which looks a lot like

Texting on an old phone keyboard.

Interpreting the numbers in this way gives us the string

MYNOKIAISOUTOFYRETT.,

Which, with spaces, says

My Nokia is out of yrett.,

I expect this last word is 'battery' backwards, since ".," would be AB if it were on the second key, and not the first. I have yet to determine why that last word is backwards in the first place.

• Was it really THAT easy ? Aug 4, 2015 at 13:48
• @therandomguy, tell us why that last word is backwards! Mar 13, 2016 at 14:28