The World's First Text Message

The World's First Text Message

Over 6 billion text messages are sent and received every day. 6 billion. It all started with one.

British engineer, Neil Papworth sent the first text message via SMS, which stands for Short Message Service, from a computer to the cell phone of Richard Jarvis, who was at the time, the director of Vodafone.

The message was sent on December 3rd, 1992.

The text said: Merry Christmas

Jarvis was unable to reply, as it was not possible to send messages for mobile phones, you could only receive them. It wasn't until 1993 that mobile phones could send text messages back. The first text from cell phone to cell phone was sent in Finland in 1993.