On the 3rd of December 1992 the first text message was sent to a mobile phone. The message read ‘Merry Christmas’ and it was send by British programmer Neil Papworth. At the time mobile phones could only receive SMS messages and not send them.
The first message was sent to a mobile phone using a computer, things have certainly changed a lot in the last 25 years. It took a few years for texting to catch on, it wasn’t until 1993 when people could send a text message fro a mobile phone.
In 2007 there were 66 billion text messages sent each year in the UK and in 2012 there were 151 billion. The humble text message has influenced a lot of things we use today, messaging services like WhatsApp and others are based on text message. Twitter took their 140 character limit from the SMS 140 character limit.
Now messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are ore popular than sending text messages. For example in 2015 more than 30 billion messages were sent each day using Whats App as opposed to 20 billion text messages a day. It is amazing to think how much technology has changed in the last 25 years since the first text message was sent.
Source Sky News
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