November 24, 2008 | Robert Nelson
A new feature that was included in firmware 2.2 was emoticons, however this feature seems to have been made available only to those on the Japanese carrier SoftBank. But, worry not, if you are outside of Japan and feeling a strong desire to have those sometimes annoying little icons, then a fairly simple process will have you texting in style.
The process does involve some plist editing on your iPhone, and a perhaps should also come with a slight warning. If you are uncomfortable, then maybe you should hold off because it would be better to have no emoticons available and have an iPhone in good working order. That said, here is what you need to do:
You need to edit the file /User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Preferences.plist on the device -> whether you use a jailbreak to achieve this or merely some iTunes backup editor is up to you.
Add the following boolean key as ‘true’: KeyboardEmojiEverywhere
Then merely go to the Keyboards section of the Settings app, hit Japanese, and turn on Emoji. Will work for any text field/view in the OS, including on websites, AND including the titles of items on SpringBoard (e.g. if you save a bookmark to the home screen).
[UPDATE] This is also now available as an option withing Cydia. So anyone with a jailbroken iPhone can simply install them by choosing the Emoji app from iSpazio.net.