The SMS turns thirty


Zoe Kleinman had a fun article for BBC Tech:

The text message is celebrating its 30th birthday - the first was sent to a mobile phone by a Vodafone engineer in Berkshire in the UK on 3 December 1992.

It was sent in order to test out the tech, and read “Merry Christmas”.

Neil Papworth sent it to one of the firm’s bosses, Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party. He did not get a reply.

My first SMS would have been to my dad in 1998. I’m pretty sure it was something riveting like “test!”

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