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At 25 years old, and despite the fact that WhatsApp exists, the SMS is still alive



At 25 years old, and despite the fact that WhatsApp exists, the SMS is still alive


Almost 25 years ago, the December 3, 1992, the first SMS with a Merry Christmas message was sent. And yes, despite the fact that WhatsApp is the leading platform for communication, SMS has not disappeared.

The SMS (short message service) marked a revolution in telephony 25 years ago and this phenomenon, with a quarter of a century behind it, is still reluctant to disappear. It should not be forgotten that the first SMS was sent by a Vodafone engineer to a GSM phone, but the latter could not respond because it did not have a keyboard.

SMS expected us to achieve such fame

The SMS service was created to search for people but the truth is that its boom was such that nobody expected, at first, that it would reach so much. That yes, the SMS concept was already born in 1984 in the head of a German and a French.

The first SMS exchange came in 1993, between two Nokia mobiles but in a few years SMS were already a form of mass communication. In the 90s, mobile phones with keyboards were already common and in 2007 SMS managed to exceed the number of telephone calls in the United States.

2007, the year the iPhone changed everything

Now, despite the fact that we may like the iPhone more or less. Jobs changed the world With applications for smart phones and since the creation of WhatsApp as a status app that swept the world, nothing was ever the same.

In In 2012 the volume of chats exchanged in the world already exceeded SMS and today these are, although alive, practically in disuse for communication proper in first world countries.

In 2016, 23 billion messages were already being sent every day compared to 60 billion that Facebook added between WhatsApp and Messenger, with more than 2 billion accounts (American billion = one billion) registered on its services. SMS have not stopped losing share in the different developed countries by leaps and bounds, but it is still early to say that they are going to disappear.

Underdeveloped countries still use them

In many countries with fewer resources the lack of connectivity makes SMS a viable and inexpensive way of communicating. The unlimited SMS in some tariffs and these countries make people still use them. There is a large part of the population that still does not want a smartphone and WhatsApp, they use SMS to communicate regularly, as most young people did a few years ago.

What is clear is that, whether in the form of SMS or WhatsApp messages, 81% of adults and 91% of young people exchange text messages every day. Do you know someone who doesn’t? I hate WhatsApp, but I have no choice but to use it. Of course, I don’t remember the last time I sent an SMS…