Happy 20th Birthday Text Message
The text message turns 20 today and is no longer a teenager. It was 20 years ago today that Neil Papworth, a British engineer, sent the first text message. Papworth used his computer to wish a “Merry Christmas” to Richard Jarvis, of Vodafone. Papworth didn’t get a reply because there was no way to send a text from a phone in those days. Years later, Papworth was featured in a Super Bowl ad!
The first text messages were free, but could only be sent between people with the same carriers. By February 2001 the UK was sending one billion texts a month, which at the standard 10p-a-text charge meant the business was raking in about £100m a month.
We at the Text Message Blog have been around for so long that we actually celebrated the 15th birthday of the text message just five years ago. See you on the 25th!