We take it for granted, but 20 years ago it didn't exist! Today, we celebrate 20 years of text messaging and look at how it has shaped our world and the way we communicate.
Happy 20th birthday to text messaging...you're almost legal! From the early SMS-capable phones to hundreds of millions of Christmas texts, it has grown up fast!
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This year marks two decades of sending text messages from our phones. More than two-thirds of the world's population uses this technology.
Short Message Service was discussed as early as 1982, and ten years later the first SMS-capable phones went on sale.
In 1993, Nokia released the first full line of SMS-capable phones, and by 2006 more than 200 million Christmas Day messages were sent in the UK alone.
Today, messaging is a giant business that brings in 115 billion dollars worldwide each year.