The SMS text message turns 25 and we're still using it!

Text messaging wasn't expected to be such a major source of communication

By 2012 however, mobile users in the United Kingdom were sending 151 billion texts a year. Ofcom statistics state that mobile phone users sent 102 billion texts in 2015, compared with 150 billion in 2011.

25 years have passed since first text message was sent.

On December 3rd, 1992, the world's first text message was sent.

SMS was developed in the eighties, with the first SMS message sent over a Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom in December 1992. That honor (or blame) falls on Matti Makkonen, who initially suggested the idea back in 1984 at a telecommunications conference.

For the very first time we have mobile telephones that were more than just literal mobile telephones, moving beyond voice communications to a new application of the mobile spectrum - to sending, literally, text messages.

That also marked a more fundamental shift, away from an open standard which anyone could use (even if your operator charged you) to closed messaging systems controlled by technology giants.

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According to a research, 97 percent of smartphone owners still use text messaging. These apps are constantly evolving and have much more to offer than a simple text.

It was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom, though back then handsets could only receive messages, not send them. A lot of them also use a new set of sub-languages based on abbreviations and keyboard-based icons have evolved.

Another article from EDN and that from TechSpot above notes that only 0.4 messages per GSM customer were sent on average per month in the United Kingdom, something that took a while to take off because, in the United Kingdom at least, inter-carrier messaging didn't happen until 1999.

But 2012 proved the peak for text messages, in terms of volume; they've been superseded by internet-based apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage.

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