This weekend marked the anniversary of some of the oldest communication methods which involved mobile phones. The classical text message, also known as SMS, turned 25. After becoming a landmark for mobile communication, texts have slowly started getting replaced by more modern means of communication, most of which required an internet connection.
The first text message sender didn’t expect it to become such a big thing
Everything happened on December 3rd, 1992, when a software engineer typed a message on a computer and sent it on a mobile handset. Neil Papworth sent the message “Merry Christmas” to a handset Orbitel 901. However, he didn’t expect the text message to become such a major thing.
This quickly became the new standard in terms of mobile phone communication. Only a year later, the Finnish company Nokia produced the first cellphones which could sent texts. At the same time, the first service which dealt with SMS sending was established.
Now, there are plenty of other SMS alternatives
However, this new means of communication wasn’t widely embraced from the beginning. In 1995, an average of only 0.4 texts were sent per month. However, as phones became easier to use, people started engaging in this text message trend. Their popularity got so high that, in 2017, about 781 billion texts were recorded per month only in United States.
It was this SMS trend which propelled the release of the first smartphones. However, as mobile devices got smarter, people found easier ways to communicate. As most people now have an internet connection, they now resort to various other methods to send messages to their friends. The popularity of Facebook Messenger, Apple’s iMessage, or WhatsApp has greatly increased.
However, this doesn’t mean the text message is doomed. The SMS service is still an easy way of communication. If you are in an area with poor internet connection or cannot afford one, the texts are there for you to use anytime you like.
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