Happy birthday SMS: 15 today

It is 15 years today since the first commercial text was sent over the Vodafone network by Airwide Solutions engineer Neil Papworth.

Today marks the 15th anniversary since the first commercial short message service (SMS) text was sent.

That first message, which read "Merry Christmas," was sent by Neil Papworth, an engineer at Airwide Solutions, via the Vodafone network to a colleague at the mobile operator who was enjoying the festivities of a staff Christmas party.

Papworth sent the text on 3 December using a PC terminal and traditional keyboard, while the recipient, Vodafone's Richard Jarvis, received the message using an Orbitel 901 handset.

"I can remember the event, being there, typing [the message] in and getting confirmation that it had got through. But I wasn't the chosen one or anything like that. Eventually the time came when we had to take the system down to Vodafone to plug it in and get it working on the live network. Because I'd been working on the interface stuff it made sense for me to go down and do it," Papworth said.

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SMS took a while to get popular in the US. I can remember back in 2002 Americans asking me "what the hell I was talking about!" when I said I just sent an SMS to a Neowin staff colleague, back in the UK or elsewhere. LOL