20 year anniversary of the SMS

The Techie Guy - Liron Segev

SwiftSMS - send SMS from your computer

Today is a special day in the Mobile tech world: Its the 20th anniversary of the SMS.

That 160 character quick message that was meant to simply notify you of a new voicemail had become a multi billion industry world wide.

Despite all the “SMS is dead” doom and gloom, SMS is still being used by billions of people and systems around the globe. According to various reports that are over  eight trillion messages sent every year.  This is especially true in Africa where there are places that don’t have 3G cell networks and so the standard SMS is still king.

In South Africa, where we invented the Please Call Me, we love our SMS which are being used for mass communication although the number of person-to-person SMS are declining in favour of various instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp and BBM.

Some cool SMS facts:

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