SMS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Author:
Carolyn Henson
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The text message — the technology that spawned a new language of punctuation signs and shortcut spellings — is 20 years old.

It was Dec. 3, 1992, when Neil Papworth, a text engineer in London, first texted “Merry Christmas” to Vodafone VOD.LN -0.56%employee Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party across town.

It was possible because the new generation of digital mobile phones incorporated letters on the number pad...

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