A Merry Christmas greeting, meaning “Merry Christmas”, was this the first sms sent from a mobile phone. The message was posted on 3 December 20 years ago.
The author is Neil Papworth, who at that time was coach of Vodafone.
Papworth, the first sms, he used a computer and sent him to a cell phone on the Vodafone GSM network in English, while the first ‘ message ‘ from mobile to mobile, he was sent at the beginning of 1993 as an intern at Nokia.
Currently, the primacy of texting is nicked from the new possibility to send messages with smartphones using e.g. Whatsapp but sms continues to be a favorite even for the sole reason that they work with all phones and all operators without internet coverage.
The service, designed to provide brief information from telephone operators to customers, has had an incredible success, becoming a method used worldwide for speaking so quickly and efficiently, saving on the cost of the call.
In Italy were sent, in 2011, 89 billion sms, and only in the first six months of this year have reached 48 billion messages.
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