Question [Q] Sprint Nexus 5 long SMS question

I'm coming from a Note 2 and if I ever had to send a text over 160 characters it would appear as one long message on my end and be broken down into separate 160 character messages for the recipient. I know it's not possible to go beyond the 160 characters in Hangouts so I switched to 8sms. While in 8sms, it allows me to type a long text (over 160 characters) but it never successfully sends.

I know of the option to convert long SMS to MMS, however I'd like to know if I can avoid this and have the phone simply break up the long text into separate 160 character messages like on the Note 2. Thank you for your help