On this day in 1992, the first SMS was first sent by Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer who used a personal computer to send the text message "Merry Christmas" via the Vodafone network to the phone of Richard Jarvis.
Text messaging is most often used between private mobile phone users, as a substitute for voice calls in situations where voice communication is impossible or undesirable.
In some regions, text messaging is significantly cheaper than placing a phone call to another mobile phone; elsewhere, text messaging is popular despite the negligible cost of voice calls.
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