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Text messaging

Text messaging refers to the exchange of brief written messages between mobile and portable devices over [cellular network] s. While the original term (see below) was derived from referring to messages sent using the Short Message Service ( [SMS] ), it has since been extended to include messages containing image, video, and sound content (known as [MMS] messages). The sender of a text message is known as a texter , while the service itself has different [colloquialism] s depending on the region: it may simply be referred to as a text or a texto in [North America] , an SMS in the [United Kingdom] and most of [Europe] , and a TMS in the [Middle East] , [Asia] and [Australia] .

The most common application of the service is person-to-person messaging, but text messages are also used to interact with automated systems, such as ordering products and services for mobile phones, or participating in contests. Advertisers and service providers use texts to notify mobile phone users about promotions, payment due dates and other notifications that can usually be sent by post, e-mail or [voicemail] .

History
SMS was first used in December 1992, when Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer for [Sema Group]
(now
[Airwide Solutions] ), used a [personal computer] to send the text message " [Merry Christmas] " via the [Vodafone] network to the phone of Richard Jarvis.

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