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  • 1. 20 years of SMS Did you know that SMS is 20 years old? The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992 in the UK. Real-time charging systems played a key role in helping mobile telephony – and SMS – take off; the systems allowed operators to offer prepaid subscriptions that deducted credits as services were used. The same technology is used today in both prepaid and postpaid subscriptions to handle a wide range of services including mobile broadband.2012 More than 2 billion subscriptions are served by Ericsson charging and billing solutions. After voice, SMS is the service used most. 2011 10 trillion SMS 2.8 billion Globally, 53% of mobile phones use 5 prepaid users prepaid subscriptions. In South Africa, the figure is 86% and in India 92%. 2008 trillion SMS It becomes common for users to receive appointment reminders via SMS from the dentist, doctor and hair salon, as well as to pick up tickets and boarding cards. 2007 Young people start to establish new communication behaviors, coordinating their everyday lives and cementing relations 2006 with their peers. 2005 The uptake of SMS among young people is driven by a sense of belonging, control and LOL ;) immediacy. Mobile phones get media players and ringtones. New text-input methods are introduced, mp3 making it quicker and easier to type, and a 1 new texting language is created. 2004 trillion SMS Feature phones appear with cameras, MMS, alarm clocks and mobile internet. Screens become bigger and battery time increases. Prepaid subscriptions 2002 become as common as postpaid. 0.3 trillion SMS 2001 Young people start to drive the SMS market. Ericsson introduces real-time charging for SMS. Prepaid is mainly used by young people, as a way for them to obtain a mobile phone without having a bank account or needing to provide ID. 45,000 1998 prepaid users 1. sms /sms/ Abbreviation: SMS stands for Short Message (or Messaging) Service – a system that enables mobile-phone users to exchange text messages. Noun: a text message sent via the SMS system. On December 3, 1992, the1992 Verb: to send a text message via the first text message is sent SMS system. with the greeting “Merry Christmas.” Source: Informa Telecoms & MediaEricsson 2012