Short Messaging Service Celebrates Its 19th Birthday

Posted on Jan 3 2012 - 10:19am by admin
Short Messaging Service Celebrates Its 19th Birthday

Short Messaging Service Celebrates Its 19th Birthday

The Short Messaging Service (SMS) is celebrating its 19th Birthday SMS Text Message Turns 19 Years Old today SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application in the world, with 2.4 billion active users, or 74% of all mobile phone subscribers.

The first SMS text message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 January 1993, from a man named Neil Papworth using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset the text of the message was “Merry Christmas”. Today is January 3, 2012 its almost 19years that we are using Short messaging service thanks to Franco-German Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) cooperation in which the 27 years old Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert did an excellent and amazing job to develop the technology behind the SMS text in 1984.


SMS technology has come a long way to dominant the current mobile messaging scene. In 2010, SMS texts generated $114.6 billion in revenues worldwide, but many believe it’s just the beginning. Experts estimate that mobile networks will earn $726 billion from SMS text messaging over the next five years. So while smartphone applications like GroupMe and services like Apple’s iMessage start to make up larger slices of the text messaging field, SMS is not giving up its mobile messaging throne anytime soon and in 2011 the peoples did seven trillion messages to one another all over the world.

Short Messaging Service Celebrates Its 19th Birthday

Short Messaging Service Celebrates Its 19th Birthday

According to a research mobile subscribers in UK send more text messages than any other nation in Europe.An average of 100 text messages are sent by UK mobile users each month, according to a worldwide survey of 10,000 mobile phone owners by media agency Universal McCann.That compares with an average of 65 for Germans, but both the UK and Germany far outstrip customers in the US, where the average mobile phone user sends only 32 texts each month.The study also showed that the British are more inclined to use their mobile phones for texting than for talking. UK mobile owners dedicate less than half their mobile usage to direct conversation.

Its time to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to the (SMS) the most Valuable service we use today.

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