The texting revolution

From Guardian Unlimited | Whatever happened to … txt lngwj:)?

The Mobile Data Association predicts that 36.5 billion texts will be sent in the UK this year (a rise from 32.1 billion in 2005). This equates to 3.6 million messages every hour – remarkable for a technology that was launched commercially only 10 years ago.

Well, the numbers are remarkable, but the claim that SMS was launched commercially only ten years ago is baloney. SMS was built into mobile phones from the beginning. My Nokia brick-phone had it in 1988.