Sender of First Text Message (SMS), Engineer Neil Papworth

Sender of first text message engineer Neil Papworth ‘amazed’ 20 years on

London (AFP / Monday, December 03, 2012) – The British software engineer who sent the world’s first text message 20 years ago said on Monday that he is amazed at how the technology has developed.

First words to SMS – Merry Christmas

Who Send First SMSEngineer Neil Papworth

20th Anniversary of SMS

Mobile Text Message – SMS


The engineer, Neil Papworth, was chosen by chance to send the message – which read “Merry Christmas” – to a director at British telecommunications giant Vodafone after he had worked on developing the software.

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