Today is a very special day for mobile fans. It marks the birth of one of the most useful services of mobile phones: the SMS text message. The world’s first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992. It simply read, “Merry Christmas,” according to reports. The first text message is 25 years old.
The first text message was sent by British engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. He sent the text over the Vodafone GSM network when he was attending his company’s holiday party in Newbury, England.
At the time, text message service was not started, Papworth wrote “Merry Christmas” message on a computer and sent it to an Orbitel 901. It was an ordinary start but it eventually changed the technology and even collective standards.
Papworth said in a statement, “I don’t know if they really thought it was going to be a big thing.”
Following a year, the first commercial SMS service was initiated in Finland; Nokia was the first company who released a mobile phone with text messages service.
Currently, about 97 percent of smartphone owners are using text messaging, according to a research. In June 2014, up to 561 billion text messages were sent worldwide and 18.7 billion texts sent every day, a research says.
Today, SMS is on the downturn as various apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage has replaced it. But texting remains popular and useful because it is very easy to use as it doesn’t need Wi-Fi or a data connection to send a text.