The humble text message is celebrating its 30th birthday.
The very first text was sent to a mobile phone by a Vodafone engineer in Berkshire in the UK on 3 December 1992.
It was sent in order to test out the tech, and read “Merry Christmas”.
Neil Papworth sent it to one of the firm’s bosses, Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party. He did not get a reply.
Jarvis’s phone at the time was an Orbitel 901 and weighed 2.1kg – roughly the same as 12 standard iPhone 14s.
At its peak, phone users exchanged billions of SMS – or Short Message Service – messages every year, and in 2010 the word “texting” entered the dictionary.
According to experts, they believe around 3.5 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2023.