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OMG! Today marks 20 years since the first text message was sent

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Today is a special anniversary for the communications industry.  It was 20 years ago that Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message.

Papworth had to use a computer terminal to send the message to a colleague's cell phone.  It read "Merry Christmas."

"Texting" had a slow start, but it eventually surged in popularity when it became cheaper than calling.

Texting is the single most-widely used application in the world; 81-percent of mobile phone subscribers use it.

Now, free alternatives like instant messaging apps are becoming more and more popular, and text messaging is in decline.

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