The humble text message turned 25 yesterday. In 1992, Neil Papworth sent the first text message to his colleague, Richard Jarvis via a computer. The message was a simple ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ and was sent on December 3. At the time, Papworth had been working as a developer and test engineer to create a Short Message Service (SMS) for his client, Vodafone. A year later, Nokia introduced SMS on its phones, and gave out a distinctive ‘beep’ to notify users of an incoming message. In 1999, texts could finally be exchanged on multiple networks.
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