World's first text message sent 25 years ago today


This year, United Kingdom analysts expect 7.89 trillion texts to be sent in total, which is dwarfed by the 32 trillion app messages that will be sent. US smartphone users are sending and receiving five times as many texts compared with the number of phone calls each day, according to the International Smartphone Mobility Report by mobile data tracking firm Infomate.

Commenting on the development, Papworth disclosed that he had no idea in 1992 as to how the text messages would become popular.

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The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992, by British engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone, who was attending his company's holiday party in Newbury, England. It marks the birth of one the most popular forms of mobile communication: the SMS text message. This has also pointed out some serious distress about how it would destroy our use of language.

Anyone who has ever used a modern messaging service knows that you can do so much more than just send 160 characters, with app-based messaging services letting you send photos and videos in vastly higher resolution than MMS allows, as well as audio files, and the ability to make data-based voice and video calls. Majority also use a new set of sub-languages based on abbreviations and keyboard-based icons have evolved.

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In 1993, Nokia introduced an SMS functionality with which you will be able to hear a distinctive "beep" to signal an incoming message.

The text message could be doomed, though, as more people are using apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to send messages. Over 561 billion text messages were sent worldwide according to the stats of June 2014, while around 18.7 billion messages sent every day, as stated by a researcher of TextRequest.

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