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Years Since World's First Text Message By Neil Papworth

Years Since World's First Text Message By Neil Papworth

Papworth, who was only 22 at that time, was working as a software programmer with Sema group and he was involved with the development of software for his client.

A year later, the first commercial SMS service was available in Finland, and Nokia became the first company to release a handset capable of sending text messages.

"I don't know if they really thought it was going to be a big thing", Papworth told Sky News.

But texting didn't take off over night.

The text message could be doomed, though, as more people are using apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to send messages.

Happy birthday to the first SMS (Short Message Service).

The US was slower to catch on, mainly because mobile operators there charged more for texts and less for voice calls, and because of the popularity and availability of PC-to-PC instant messaging or IM. It was when phones, around for more than a century, moved beyond mere audio.




She added: "And we can see that continuation through to today when we have hundreds of thousands of applications on our smartphone".

But in honour of the occasion today, send your oldest friend a text, preferably asking them if they're coming on MSN any time soon.

SMS changed norms of social interaction.

When Twitter launched in July 2006, it borrowed SMS's 140 character limit.

Personally, I try to keep to just three messaging apps - old fashioned SMS, iMessage and Skype, but I do have WhatsApp for tech conferences I go to, with the rest of WhatsApp blocked to all but a very few contacts.

USA software giant Adobe estimated that six billion people globally had SMS messaging at their fingertips by 2013.

As of writing this, the MERRY CHRISTMAS messages are being sent by millions using not only texts but also videos and emojis.


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