SMS Turns 30!

Brian Ford

Happy Birthday, SMS!

On December 3, 1992, the first SMS text message in history was sent by Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old engineer, who used a personal computer to send “Merry Christmas” to a coworker’s phone. The coworker couldn’t reply, because that functionality didn’t exist yet; he had to call him. A year later, it hit the market on cell phones, but you were limited to 160 characters, you could only end to someone in your own provider network, and you had to type via the numeric keypad–birthing a whole new series of acronyms.

Thanks, Neil! And we can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.

Date posted: December 2, 2022

Topic: 10DLC Long Code   Messaging   Short Code   Toll-Free Texting  

Tags: MMS   SMS  

Brian Ford

Brian Ford is a highly-skilled IT professional with years of experience in Telecommunications, Voice over IP (VoIP), and sales support. He enjoys being at the forefront of technology to help customers meet their objectives, and is driven by his ability to work alongside all levels within an organization to develop solutions that satisfy both the business and the customer needs. When Brian isn’t working to optimize messaging for Commio customers, he can be found pursuing his passions for real estate and as a gourmet chef. He lives near Denver, Colorado with two dogs he adores.

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