The first time I got to try SMS was sometime in 1996 and I did not know the first time it was established was way back in 1984.
At that time, it was still a test. It took about 8 years more before it became a standard and the very first commercial SMS was sent out in 1992.
Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS to an Orbitel 901 handset via Vodafone UK’s network in 1992: “Merry Christmas.
Here in the Philippines, Islacom first offered commercial GSM service in February 1994 while Smart was first established in 1991 by Orlando Vea (now President/CEO of Sun Cellular after PLDT bought Digitel) and started commercial service in December 1993.
Filipinos send over a billion SMS each month, contributing to an annual 7 trillion SMS sent out globally each year.
Anybody remembered their first cellphone and SMS in the 90s?