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Happy 20th Birthday To SMS (Short Message Service)



On 3rd Dec 1992 a British engineer Neil Papworth 22 years Old sent first SMS (Short Message Service) which read Merry Christmas was sent via Vodafone UK network to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone. The text of the message was "Merry Christmas". The first proposal which initiated the development of SMS was made by a contribution of Germany and France into the GSM group meeting in February 1985 in Oslo.


The first SMS service was started in 1993 in Sweden whereas in UK ans US reached this service at same year. In 1994 Nokia announced 2110 with claims SMS enabled first phone.  

At Today SMS service get advanced, In 2010, 6.1 trillion SMS text messages were sent. This translates into 193000 SMS per second. SMS has become a massive commercial industry, earning $114.6 billion globally in 2010. The global average price for an SMS message is $0.11, while mobile networks charge each other interconnect fees of at least $0.04 when connecting between different phone networks.
While SMS is still a growing market, traditional SMS are becoming increasingly challenged by alternative messaging services which are available on smartphones with data connections, especially in western countries where some of these services attract users.
In June 2012, Facebook for kids site Everloop released EverText, the first ever SMS integration offered by a social community platform that is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

There is a some History about SMS

  1. 1992 First text message sent
  2. 1995 T9 system invented, making texting quicker
  3. 2001 Text volume passes 1bn a month in the UK
  4. 2001 Text messaging is used to help organise protests that topple President Joseph Estrada in the Philippines
  5. 2002 A service called Text2TV from a Devon-based company says it will let you send texts to your TV and reply via your remote. It doesn't take off
  6. 2003 David Beckham sends a series of steamy text messages to his personal assistant Rebecca Loos; they are later published, and nearly end his marriage
  7. 2004 Tony Blair takes part in a live text chat
  8. 2005 The Eurovision song contest includes SMS votes, creating the biggest ever "televoting"
  9. 2008 Nielsen reports that the average US mobile user sends and receives more texts per month than phone calls – 357 v 204
  10. 2009 WhatsApp, a free text-like service that lets people send messages for free over data connections, is founded.
  11. 2011 Number of texts sent at Christmas falls year-on-year in Finland, Hong Kong, Spain and the Netherlands.
  12. 2012 Ofcom reports that text messages are the most-used method for daily communication with family and friends – 58% of UK adults do so at least once a day
  13. 2012 Rebekah Brooks reveals that David Cameron sent her texts signed "LOL" because he thought it meant "lots of love"; its usual meaning is "laughing out loud"

Source: Wikipedia , Guardian

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