May 4, 2010
US physicist 'predicted SMS in 1909'
Texting may be a boon in today's world, but the concept was visualised more than a century ago, writes India's Economic Times.
Nikola Tesla, a pioneering American physicist predicted the portable messaging service via a hand-held device in an issue of 'Popular Mechanics' in 1909.
Telsa wrote in the magazine that one day it'd be possible to transmit "wireless messages" all over the world and imagined that such a hand-held device would be simple to use and one day everyone in the world would communicate to friends using it, Porges said.
According to the The Telegraph, Seth Porges, the magazine’s technology editor, disclosed Tesla’s prediction at a presentation, titled “108 years of futurism”, to industry figures recently in New York.
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On December 3 1992, an engineer called Neil Papworth sent the first text message saying "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to his colleagues at Vodafone, from a PC to a mobile phone on the Vodafone GSM network in the UK, according to the BBC. But it wasn't until 1999, that text messaging really took off, when mobile phone companies allowed users to send SMS to people signed up with other networks.
According to Cor Stutterheim, of Anglo-Dutch information technology firm CMG, who lays claim to creating SMS in the first place: "It started as a message service, allowing operators to inform all their own customers about things such as problems with the network. When we created SMS it was not really meant to communicate from consumer to consumer and certainly not meant to become the main channel which the younger generation would use to communicate with each other."
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