Originally, Short Messenger Service or SMS as we call it was not brought into use for the consumers of the cell phone service. It was invented as a system that would allow the network operators to communicate with each other through typed text messages. It was an internal system and was not open to the public at that time. Therefore this is the story of the first text messages on phones and it came into use in the year 1985.
The first text message outside the chain of network providers was sent and received in 1992; it was sent via the Vodafone network in England. Neil Papworth was an engineer working for the Sema Group, who had sent the first SMS to Richard Jarvis’s phone from a PC. The text message read “Merry Christmas”. The SMS has not changed much in its basic form since then as it still counts as one SMS as long as you stay within the boundary of 160 alphabets and would count as an additional message each time you cross the 160 alphabet threshold. Usually the maximum limit that a single SMS is allowed to reach is 140 bytes and that is just enough to accomodate 160 characters.
Text messaging was properly incorporated in a commercial endeavor after the year 1995. Earlier, the service providers failed to see the potential that was in the future of texting and did not take an initiative in fixing up proper plans for the SMS charges. Back in the time, it was also easy to fool the system by changing the SMSC settings on a handset in such a way that the user would then be able to illegally use the SMSC of other networks. As both of these issues were addressed successfully, SMS services became only more and more popular with time. Today, text messages are a popular medium of contact all over the world. In the Asian countries like China and Philippines, texting is the most favored way of communication and Europe comes only second to Asia in this equation. The United States is also not far behind and the extensive SMS plans that are offered by the operators here are proofs to that claim.