The Evolution of Text Messaging

From SMS to international selfies.

By on June 13, 2014

It was December 3, 1992 when software architect Neil Papworth sent the first text message ("Merry Christmas") from a PC to the phone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. Since that first message, text messaging has evolved to become a part of our everyday lives. 

Verizon Messages lets customers enjoy the benefits of integrated messaging, where messages are delivered simultaneously to a customer’s mobile device, PC and/or tablet. This means messages can arrive, be read and responded to whether you’re sitting on the couch using a tablet or at a computer without a smartphone in reach.  

Verizon continues to add features to Verizon Messages and the latest enhancements allow customers to:

  • Send and receive messages over Wi-Fi when outside the Verizon Wireless coverage area — even when traveling outside the United States
  • Customize themes, bubble shapes, fonts and notifications

Other enhancements come from companies providing innovative technology to make messaging more useful and simple. No longer do you have to end your call with your friend to send a selfie. Verizon Sideshare joins messaging capabilities with the phone call experience, enabling customers with certain 4G LTE smartphones to quickly and easily share pictures, location, text and contacts – even view and take notes – all while on a call with another person.

And how many of us prefer texting to talking, particularly when talking isn’t an option? Companies like Zipwhip are working with Verizon to make it possible for businesses and their customers to exchange SMS using the companies’ toll free numbers.

Text messaging remains a popular form of communication for many wireless users. With plans like MORE Everything, unlimited text messaging within the U.S. and international messaging to more than 200 countries, it’s easier and more cost-effective for users to text to their hearts’ content. 

Tags: SMS, text message, Verizon Sideshare, MORE Everything, smartphones