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SMS Text Messaging Turns 20 Years-Old

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GLOBAL – December 2012 marks 20 years since Neil Papworth sent the world’s first SMS-text-message to a mobile phone.

The world’s first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on December 3rd, 1992, from Papworth of Anglo-French IT service company Sema Group, using a personal computer, to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone, receiving it with an Orbitel 901 handset.

The engineer sent the first-ever SMS that read “Merry Christmas” from one of the switching rooms at a Vodafone lab in Newbury, UK. Originally, the SMS messages were meant to be used as tool to be used between technicians to communicate.

Since then, SMS has become a powerful global communication tool. SMS, short for short message service, is the world’s most widely used data application, with more than six trillion SMS messages sent globally in 2010 alone.

Source: Vodacom press release

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By , International Correspondent, Cebo (Philippines) office
Published on Dec 9th, 2012 GMT +2


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