In the fast moving world of technology, there are perhaps few things that have proved as resistant to change as the simple SMS text message. Happy (Early) Bday! SMS Txt Msgs Turn 20 article tells that on Dec. 3 is the 20th anniversary of the sending of the first SMS text message. The first text message was sent on 3 December 1992, when the 22-year-old British engineer Neil Papworth used his computer to wish a “Merry Christmas” to Richard Jarvis, of Vodafone, on his Orbitel 901 mobile phone. I have heard (from some people who have been involved in development of SMS) that developers first thought that sending SMS from mobile phone would not be even something that users would like to have (it would be too hard for an average user to get used to write the message with numeric keyboard).
Next year (1993) Nokia’s mobile phone also allowed sending SMS messages. Several news have told that the phone used to send first SMS was Nokia’s first mobile phone made in 1993, but that’s not true because Nokia had made many mobile phone models years before that time, even several GSM mobile phones.
Commercial services soon followed, and though they started life as a free service – because operators hadn’t figured out how to charge for them. When they figured out the pricing text messaging has been very profitable business for mobile phone operators and making them lots of money. And this very profitable business that has been growing and growing for long time, but now the growth seems to be stopping.
Text messaging turns 20 – but is it past its peak? Change is in the air: text messaging is being replaced by applications across the world (like Skype, WatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook-like smartphone applications). The telecom operator net SMS sales declined for the first time in USA. There are signs that SMS use is declining in a number of countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong and Australia.