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Monday, 03 December 2012 09:50

SMS on the way out

Written by Nick Farrell



Out evolved by telephone sanitiser

After 20 years stuffing up the English language, SMS is about to die out.

UK media watchdog Ofcom has reported a decline in the volume of texts sent. The number of text messages sent in Britain peaked at 39.7 billion at the end of last year, but is now down to 38.5 billion, following two quarterly declines. The fall in texts is due to people Tweeting and instant messaging on their mobiles.

For the record the first text was sent in December 1992 and read 'Merry Christmas', after being sent by engineer Neil Papworth from his personal computer to Vodafone's Richard Jarvis. SMS still has a long life ahead of it, but it does seem that interest in the system which stuffed up a thousand thumbs is waning.

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