Text messaging clocks 20 years

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It has been 20 years since the first text message was sent.

Monday marks exactly 20 years that the first text message was sent and successfully delivered.

On December 3, 1992, a 22-year-old British Engineer, Neil Papworth, sent the message “Merry Christmas” from a PC to a mobile device using Vodafone’s U.K. network.

Almost immediately, the words appeared on the screen of an Orbitel 901 mobile phone owned by Vodafone director, Richard Jarvis.

Today, SMS is universally available. It is estimated that eight trillion text messages were sent last year.

In Nigeria, it is a very popular method of communication. ‘Texting,’ however, is gradually declining in influence as applications on smart phones are gaining more acceptance.


Do you still remember your first texting experience?

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