Between iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger, SMS texting is becoming a relic of the past

12-05 07:02

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On December 3, 1992, a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message to his friend Richard Jarvis. It was sent from his PC computer, and Jarvis had no way of inputting a reply into his Orbitel 901 landline phone, but it was nevertheless the advent of a new type of communication. Nokia didn't debut the first text message-enabled phone until 1993, and texting remained expensive and inconvenient for years after that, but by 2008 it had become a part of daily life. 

Texting hit its peak in 2011 – the same year Apple debuted iMessage – and as we can see in this chart from Statista , it was all downhill from there. At the time mobile carriers were still charging fees for texting plans, and iMessage presented a cheaper and faster alternative. Today, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Snapchat dominate the messaging space, and it seems that SMS messaging is on its way to becoming a relic of the past. 

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