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Happy Birthday to the SMS message

As texting celebrates its 20th anniversary today, we curiously ask what will be the next revolutionary communications form to be born out of the UK?  

On December 3rd 1992, an engineer sent the message “Merry Christmas” from a PC to a mobile device via Vodafone’s UK network, which was considered the 1st ever text message sent. Having surpassed traditional methods of communication such as picking up the phone or meeting face to face, text messaging has revolutionised the way in which we work and network.

For the first time in the history of mobile phones SMS volumes are showing a sign of decline. However, the availability of a wider range of communications platforms such as instant messaging and social networking sites, mean that people might be sending fewer SMS messages, but they are ‘texting’ more than ever before.

Curiously we wonder, what will be the next ‘big thing’ to evolve from the British telecommunications industry?

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