First Text

As It Happens

OMG. Whether or not the SMS makes you :) or :( , it cannot be disputed that it has changed the face of communication - more than 7 trillion texts are sent each year. But, 20 years ago, December 3rd, 1992, Neil Papworth, a British engineer, sent the very first text message to Vodaphone employee, Richard Jarvis. The message was "Merry Christmas". Neil Papworth spoke to the BBC, in an interview that aired yesterday. Here's an excerpt:

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