SMS

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As communication protocols go, SMS (or Short Message Service) hails from a Nordic birthplace. The protocol has a deep past from its most nascent and infant steps to its eventual maturity in the form that we see today. According to an article at The Next Web the first text message happened to be “Merry Christmas” (via Wikipedia.)

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Sent 3 December, 1992 keyed by engineer Neil Papworth of the British technology company Sema and sent across wire and cable to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis who received the message on his Orbitel 901 handset.

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However, text messaging vis-à-vis SMS is a different story.

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Early SMS wasn’t the mature 160 character service that we know now.

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The text messaging technology might have been embedded in the GSM protocol as early as 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert; but even by 1992 the underlying pathways that make SMS function didn’t fully exist yet. Messages sent via text messaging still had to translate from exchange servers and use SMTP (e-mail) to connect the distances.

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SMS is much more of an important milestone than text messaging (IMHO) since it allowed inter-carrier text communication. Prior to that, any text communication between carriers had to be routed through text-to-email gateways (which didn’t always exist). The length that a text message could be differed greatly between carriers because each text-to-email gateway put different pieces of kruft and headers at the top and bottom of messages.”

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It's a very common sight nowadays to see people glued to their phones, smsing their way to glory.

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SMSing uses a language of its own, one that makes it a fast means of communication.

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Mobile companies like Blackberry produce 'qwerty' phones, that are sms friendly and also provide an inbuilt messenger at a nominal "pay once" fee.

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