Texting was never actually designed for the consumer market

For a technology that has become so all-pervasive that texting has been included in the Oxford English Dictionary, SMS (short message service) was not designed as a mass market consumer communications service at all.”It was designed to use some spectrum and provide an internal messaging service for engineers and maybe become the beginnings of a Teletext-type service,” explains Mike Short, chief technology officer for Telefónica O2 Europe. “In the early 1990s we had Teletext and Ceefax on the TV, and in some countries people said ‘maybe we could do this on a mobile phone one day’. But in the early 1990s the screens were so tiny that people could not envisage it, we had no connectivity to the internet so people experimented a little bit.”To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:

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