The SMS turns 25 today


Today 25 years ago that sent the first message through a mobile phone. The SMS (Short Message System) was used for the first time on 3 December 1992 by Neil Papworth, a software architect who worked for a company that provided services to Vodafone in the united States.

The first SMS sent was a Christmas greeting

Papworth sent the first text message from a computer to his colleague Richard Jarvis. In him, only saying “Merry Christmas”. The message was successfully sent through the Vodafone network in the united States.

A year later the manufacturer of mobile phones Finnish Nokia introduced the possibility to send SMS from their mobile phones and added a distinctive sound to warn users when they had received a message.



It was not until 1999 when the SMS could be sent and received regardless of the network used by the user. From then on, its use is popularized greatly.

In the beginning, the text messages have a 160 character limit and led to a radical change in the way of writing of the users, since they were the cause of that is cut the words, abreviaran or, for example, that does not include vowels.

All served to be able to have more space and be able to include more ideas in the message for the same price, because yes, the SMS is paid. In recent years, the standard was 15 euro cents per message.

Neil Papworth

In addition to new forms of writing, the SMS were also responsible for new expressions such as LOL (lots of laughs), that is to say, laugh-out-loud… or emoticons, that were representations of the face made with keyboard characters and that, over time, would evolve to be the first emojis.

Today, the systems of instant messaging free as WhatsApp or Telegram, have been displaced almost completely by the use of SMS, which has been relegated to certain commercial communications.

Users are accustomed to using messaging free and to not have limitations when you send your text messages. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the lanzmiento of the first SMS Papworth has imagined a more modern version of his message for Christmas of 1992, this time using emojis, as can be seen in the image that is included in this article.



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