The mobile phone, invented in 1979, by Douglas Han is one of many ways that has changed the way our society communicates. With the mobile phone comes a list of features and capabilities such as checking emails, Internet, taking pictures, viewing and recording video, and video calling. Out of all the features that are available with mobile phones, SMS has become the most commonly used feature in popular culture, especially with teenagers. Short Message Service (SMS) began as just an idea of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in the mid 1980s; it wasn’t until the early 1990s that phone companies started to visualize the possibilities commercially (Crystal 3-4). On December 3, 1992, before cell phones were designed to output individual letters of the alphabet, Neil Papworth, a 22-year old engineer from Finland sent the first text message from his computers keyboard to his friend Richard Jarvis, who was attending a Christmas party in England, the message simply said “Merry Christmas.” Three years later an SMS commercial service was launched in the United Kingdom (“Text Messaging”), however the start of SMS took off slowly and it wasn’t until about two years later that the number of users started to build up.
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