Happy Birth Day To SMS (Short Message Service)

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hort Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.

The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992, from Neil Papworth of Sema Group (now Mavenir Systems) using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset. The text of the message was "Merry Christmas."

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.[citation needed]

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).

The Guardian has revealed a nice timeline, which shows how the SMS has evolved including some fun facts. The timeline is as follows:

  • 1992 First text message sent
  • 1995 T9 system invented, making texting quicker
  • 2001 Text volume passes 1bn a month in the UK
  • 2001 Text messaging is used to help organise protests that topple President Joseph Estrada in the Philippines
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2004 Tony Blair takes part in a live text chat
  • 2005 The Eurovision song contest includes SMS votes, creating the biggest ever "televoting"
  • 2008 Nielsen reports that the average US mobile user sends and receives more texts per month than phone calls – 357 v 204
  • 2009 WhatsApp, a free text-like service that lets people send messages for free over data connections, is founded
  • 2011 Number of texts sent at Christmas falls year-on-year in Finland, Hong Kong, Spain and the Netherlands
  • 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
  • 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"

Matti Makkonen in an interview to the BBC, conducted over SMS, said that while SMS may not survive another 20 years but "text messaging will stay forever."


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