What does SMS Stand for


The SMS – the acronym that stands for ‘short message service’ – are paid text messages that can be sent from phone to phone but also from pc to phone or from phone to phone (at the moment, however, is only the Telecom to offer this service).

The name SMS is also closely linked to the sound issuing the receipt: the Nokia, in fact, one of the first companies to focus on what in the 1990s was considered a major innovation in the field of communication, has transformed the sound of the word Mors SMS code in the chime that alerts you of its reception.

Much loved especially by young people, began their long career in 1993 (the first SMS from phone to phone was sent from an intern at Nokia with the phone company Omnitel) and since then have met an impressive spread much to overtake at certain times, number of items, the amount of actual phone calls.

Are defined short because they have a limited number of characters that you can use (maximum of 160 per message with the Latin alphabet, 70 if you write in languages like Russian, Chinese and Japanese that use other alphabets), enough to push it over time to the creation of a particular language used exclusively for communicating via text message that is based primarily on the use of abbreviations and emoticons to express feelings.


They were originally designed to work with GPS network but, in fact, work with other networks.

Regarding the technical details, it should be said that there are two types of SMS: that ‘point to point’ that sends the message from one terminal to the other and that ‘cell broadcast’ which involves sending message to a cell which then distributes it to all the terminals that are under his cover.

Their success was due to the speed of the type of communication and the ability to send the same message to multiple contacts at once, but also to the spontaneity that SMS allow – I was, in fact, for years the preferred means of interaction by shyer. Finally, the economic aspect was not secondary: as surcharge, sending an SMS were still cheaper than a phone call.


The future looks bright not SMS. In fact, after many years in which the SMS was everyone’s favorite form of communication, especially the younger ones, today the advent of latest generation smartphone which, thanks to the connection to the wifi network, allow the use of applications like WhatsApp and similar – that allow send free text messages without restrictions in terms of not only many characters but also photos, videos, music files, etc – has clearly made obsolete the use of text messages that now seem too confining for the evolution of digital communication.

The cell phone companies now try to use text messaging as a lever to win customers proposing them for free in large quantities if you buy subscriptions ‘all inclusive’ but it is clear that SMS has now lost much of its appeal and became marginal for users.

What will remain of course, however, is the principle of the technology, however, will obviously changes based on its evolution: what are, after all, the tweet of the popular social network of chirps if not exactly the evolution of the concept of SMS?

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