As of 2017, text messages are used by youth and adults for personal, family and social purposes and in business.
GSM was allowed in the United States and the radio frequencies were blocked and awarded to US "Carriers" to use US technology.Hence there is no "development" in the US in mobile messaging service.In countries such as Finland, Sweden and Norway, over 85% of the population use SMS.The European average is about 80%, and North America is rapidly catching up with over 60% active users of SMS by end of 2008 Text messaging is most often used between private mobile phone users, as a substitute for voice calls in situations where voice communication is impossible or undesirable (e.g., during a school class or a work meeting).In 1933 RCA Communications, New York introduced the first "telex" service.
Friedhelm Hillebrand conceptualised SMS in 1984 while working for Deutsche Telekom.
Sitting at a typewriter at home, Hillebrand typed out random sentences and counted every letter, number, punctuation, and space.
Almost every time, the messages contained fewer than 160 characters, thus giving the basis for the limit one could type via text messaging.
E-mail messaging from phones, as popularized by NTT Docomo's i-mode and the RIM Black Berry, also typically use standard mail protocols such as SMTP over TCP/IP.
text messaging was the most widely used mobile data service, with 74% of all mobile phone users worldwide, or 2.4 billion out of 3.3 billion phone subscribers, at the end of 2007 being active users of the Short Message Service.
It may simply be referred to as a "text" in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, an "SMS" in most of mainland Europe, or an "MMS" or "SMS" in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.