15 Years of the SMS

The mobile phone industry is today celebrating the 15th birthday of the Short Message Service Centre (SMSC), the principal application behind text messaging first brought to market by Acision in 1992. The first ever SMSC was introduced as a product designed primarily to deal with the demands and improve reliability of a developing mobile industry, and in that year the first of many deals was signed with Telenor.

Acision says that it has evolved the SMSC infrastructure from a basic 'SMSC box' to a complete next generation, IP-based SMS architecture, centred on Acision's IP SMSC. This enables text management, a wide range of differentiating service scenarios and a single rack capacity of 16,000 messages per second that can grow to virtually unlimited levels. SMSC innovation has never stopped, with current state of the art future-proof, IMS-enabled platforms that can help operators improve quality of service, reduce costs and offer exciting advanced messaging services. Its value today is as crucial to the market as ever before.

Despite the rapid evolution of the mobile market, SMS is still the most important value-added service for operators. For operators looking to provide subscribers with robust messaging services, today's mix and match platform means they can specify SMS capacity to meet their requirements.

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good thing i dont have a cell phone myself. cause theres NO WAY i would pay for text messages ... especially when u got no control over what happens ... so if someone goes off on sending u text messages your pretty much screwed.

all-in-all i dont see why people use a damn cell phone for text messages when u can just use a pc and it's 100percent free?

only reason i would want a cell phone is pretty much for emergency's, so paying roughly 40-50 dollars a month is just a rip off! ... i would rather pay by the minute with NO EXPIRATION on the time... so in other words i want a phone where i just buy the phone and the service is on for life and i dont get charged a dime until i "use" the phone.... so since there appears to be nothing like that out there ill just say screw cell phones for now.

in newzealand, one provider (telecom) give you 500 txts for $10 a month

the other provider (vodafone) rip you off at 20c a txt

Now if only an American operator made them FREE...then SMSing would really take off in America...plus is it just me, or is basically everything in Europe somehow based on SMSing? I saw a few commercials with like send an SMS to 1234 with "info" for more info...it's crazy! (<3 Europe)

CrimsonRedMk said,
Now if only an American operator made them FREE...then SMSing would really take off in America...plus is it just me, or is basically everything in Europe somehow based on SMSing? I saw a few commercials with like send an SMS to 1234 with "info" for more info...it's crazy! (<3 Europe)

Um, you can get unlimited text messenging. You just have to pay a monthly fee.

And here in Pak its like 5 dollars a month for 7,500 text message of 160 charachters. and a dollar for an hour of talk time...

*In Pak rupees* 0.25 per txt msg or 300 (P/M) for 7,500 txt msgs... and 0.6 per minute (and less)

25c for one SMS? Amazing, you are getting ripped off by your operator. In here it costs 0,069 €/SMS, calling 0,069 € minute and 0,66 € monthly fee.

hmm, i also enjoy unlimited free sms services :P other than that calls are pretty cheap too, despite 2 hours being completely free they charge approximately 8 US cents per minute, sounds fair to me

SMS FTW. I use it constantly and much prefer it to a voice call most of the time; you even get the benefit of thinking!

Thats a long time, I also hate txting especially since it costs 10p a text and when you type things like "yer ok". I was watching a documentary on this once and text messages actually only cost 1p to send, it's just phone providers like to make 9p profit on every text message since it's there biggest income.

f4af_billy said,
Id love to know exactly how much it costs mobile operators to send 160characters.... probably nothing!


nearly as much as it costs banks in the UK to 'bounce' Direct Debits !!!

SMS would be good, if it wasn't so darn expensive. 25c to send 160 characters of text? That is just crap! Even the 18c with textsaver is too far.

Wow you guys are getting owned for rates! Canada is crappy for mobile phones but we only pay $0.05-$0.15 a message SENT, received is usually free

How much I hate SMS... I tell my friends don't send me them, they keep doing it anyways!... I am cheap and don't want to pay for it... since I would rather talk to them in voice...

im generally the same but they are nice to use when your in a noisey place and wont be able to hear the person on the other end

I like SMS for one off messages or when you know the person wont be able to get to the phone straight away since they are in a lecture at uni or something. In those cases for me SMS is cheaper and easier. That said I dont like SMS conversations over a magnitude of SMS messages. Its a drag and takes ages and the amount if info you can portray per a message is relatively limited.

You don't have to reply! Just wait till u get home and get on msn or go see them. I am "cheap too' and i recieve lots of sms's. I don't reply until i get home on msn.

SMS is a very good thing because it helps deaf people like me