The text message turns 25 years old

It was December 3rd, 1992 when the first true text traveled from a computer to a mobile device belonging to British Engineer Richard Jarvis, the director of Vodaphone.

The question now is whether or not SMS has a healthy long-term future. The combination of smartphones and near-ubiquitous mobile internet access has led to an explosion of messaging services and social networks that do much more. WhatsApp by itself was delivering 55 billion messages per day as of July, and that’s not including other heavyweights like Facebook Messenger, Apple’s iMessage or Google’s Hangout and many more apps.

A lot has changed in a quarter century. Happy Texting.

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