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The first text message (SMS) was sent 25 years ago

The first text message is 25 years old now!

Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote “merry Christmas” on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social norms.

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Papworth said that Jarvis was unable to reply, because at that time it was not possible to send text messages from mobile phones, only to receive them. According to Sky, in 2007 the U.K. was sending 66 billion text messages per year and by 2012 that had increased to 151 billion for SMS and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).

Do you still use SMS today? Let me know in the comment section. 👇