Fun Fact: First text message was sent 25-years-ago

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United States mobile operators charged more for texts and less for voice calls, while PC-based instant messaging services were still incredibly popular.

A year later, the first commercial SMS service was available in Finland, and Nokia became the first company to release a handset capable of sending text messages.

That first SMS (it stands for short message service) wasn't even sent on a mobile phone.

We send 96 billion text messages every day in the United Kingdom but the very first, sent 25 years ago today, was pretty simple: "Merry Christmas". Although, sending SMS using sim card over mobile is outdated, yet texting is still live, no matter which app you are using.

According to Mashable, the first text message was sent on December 2, 1992 from Neil Papworth, a former developer at Sema Group Telecoms. However, it was not quite simple to make texting compatible with mobile devices under GSM standards. The emoticons symbols made from keyboard characters to show emotions were also used.

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It was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom, though back then handsets could only receive messages, not send them.

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.

Personally, I try to keep to just three messaging apps - old fashioned SMS, iMessage and Skype, but I do have WhatsApp for tech conferences I go to, with the rest of WhatsApp blocked to all but a very few contacts.

The US was slower to catch on, mainly because mobile operators there charged more for texts and less for voice calls, and because of the popularity and availability of PC-to-PC instant messaging or IM.

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