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date: 21 October 2019

Text Messaging (SMS, texting). 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

Short message service (SMS) text messaging enables mobile phone users to exchange written messages of around 140 characters over a phone network (rather than the Internet). The first text message was sent in December 1992 by a Vodaphone engineer and read ‘Merry Christmas’. Although initial uptake among users was slow, the service rapidly gained in popularity. In 2015, a ... ...

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