20 years since first text was sent

2012-12-03 22:11
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – Monday marked 20 years since the first text message was sent to a mobile phone.

The first SMS was sent on 3 December 1992, when a 22-year-old British engineer called Neil Papworth, an employee of the technology company Sema, used his computer to send the message "Merry Christmas" to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone.

Texting has now surpassed the traditional phone call as the most common method of staying in touch.

According to figures released by Ofcom, more than 150 billion texts were sent in the UK last year, almost triple the amount sent five years ago.

Its most prolific users are 12 to 15-year-olds, who send an average of 193 texts every week, almost four times as much as the UK average.

– For the full article visit Sky News.

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