20 years of SMSing

8 trillion SMS (text messages) were sent last year by the 6 billion mobile-phone users all over the world!

In 20 years, SMS grew to become central to mobile telephony. It is the world’s biggest form of written communication, in terms of users. It far outstrips all forms of computer- or mobile-based email, and data-based mobile messaging services.

The first SMS text message was sent in December 1992 by the British engineer Neil Papworth. He sent a “Merry Christmas” from his computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone. There was no reply option on Jarvis’ phone. Reply option came with Nokia’s first text-capable GSM handsets phone in 1993.

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