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Who Invented Text Messaging?

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Text messaging is now a way of life for the century we live in. Businesses and families use it to stay in touch with each other. Messages are usually short and are sent through electronic devices, such as on a laptop or on our cell phones. In some parts of the world, text messaging is also called SMS or short messages services. This is a form of communication that has become vital to our nation. It remains the main data app in the world. Over two thirds of cell phone owner’s text on a regular daily basis. Originally a text was just a few words. Now, it involves pictures and also videos that we can send through our devices. Audio files can also be sent through text messages. Consumers use the keypad on their devices to type in the information they want to electronically send to the receiver.

Friedhelm Hillebrand and Neil PapworthFriedhelm Hillebrand, along with his colleague Bernard Ghillebaert, invented the technology, protocol and rules that allowed text messaging. Neil Papworth was the first person in the world to sent a SMS or text messaging.

How it got started?

This invention began to take place in the early 1980’s. Many different companies worked on the idea, trying to come up with the best product that was capable of sending texts. However, the original invention was developed in 1984 by the GSM Corporation by an inventor named Friedhelm Hillebrand and by his coworker Bernard Ghillebaert. They created a way to send a short message (about 128 byte) using existing cellular signals. As new towers were built, they were made to allow this sort of service available to anyone.

GSM approved the idea

In 1985, GSM approved using SMS texting and began to create a market for this product. GSM had different departments that were responsible for each individual aspect of the SMS. These included the specifications department, implementation department and the integration department of protocols. The departments work hard on their individual researches.

The world’s first text message

Finally in December 12, 1992 in the UK the first text message was successfully sent and received. The sender used a computer and the receiver was using a hand held Vodaphone network system, called the Orbitel 901. Mr. Neil Papworth, who was employed with the SEMA group, sent a message that said Merry Christmas, to the Vodaphone user, Richard Jarvis. Originally, this system was used only for business purposes. It was first used by Aldiseon a member of the Logica Corporation, this is now Acision, and Telia of Sweden in the year of 1993.

It reached the general public

Later in that year, it became available for personal use. It was marketed to be used for person to person texting. The company that provided the service was Radiolinja in the country of Finland. However, most handsets at that time didn’t even support text messaging. By the time that 2000 got here, texting was and continues to be something viral that millions use on a daily basis now. Cell phones now automatically come with SMS abilities. This is not only a viable way, but a needed device to stay in touch with the world. Cell phones are now basically a mini computer, not only can we text to anyone, anytime, but we can update social statuses and stay in touch with people all over the world.

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