Text messaging celebrates 20th anniversary

From ABC News:

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the first text message being sent to a mobile phone.

British engineer Neil Papworth was just 22 when he sent the first ever SMS (Short Messaging Service) from his computer to a friend’s Orbitel 901 mobile phone, on December 3, 1992.

The message read “Merry Christmas.”

Papworth says he was working for the technology company Sema at the time, as part of the team developing a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) for their client Vodafone UK.

More than 150 billion texts were sent in Britain alone in 2011, according to Britain’s independent communications industries regulator, Ofcom.

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