SRSLY? SMS Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

SRSLY? SMS Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

According to a press release from Sherri Wells, ‘one of the leading SMS messaging experts in the world’, SMS is celebrating 25 years of existence today, making its way from a R&D lab at Vodafone to become a technology that is now present on every single mobile phone currently in existence.

Although SMS was developed twenty-five years ago in a collaboration between France and Germany, the first text message was actually sent seven years later on December 3rd, 1992, reading “Happy Christmas”.

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Since then SMS evolved through various stages, starting as a free service where teens helped popularise the service, before carriers then charged for the service, causing a decline of up to 40% in the process. Back in 2000, the average monthly texts sent per user was a paltry 35, today it’s as high as 357 with 1.5 trillion messages sent annually in the US.

You can’t go far without noticing a SMS short-code, those numbers you text to get more information on adverts or sign up for ringtones, showing the real power of the text message. Even though internet-based services like Twitter exist (and also offer SMS codes for status updates), people still choose to text their friends instead of trusting a third-party with their messages.

Happy Birthday SMS, your days might be limited but for now we will continue to abuse your availability.

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