The rise and fall of SMS

Short Messaging Services are a great example of how individual technologies rise, evolve and fade with time. It's also a good lesson on how quickly a premium, highly profitable service can become commodified.

When the mobile phone arrived we thought that text, particularly those clumsy pagers people used, would be dead.

Little did we know that an overlooked part of the newer digital cellphone technology would see short messaging become a key part of the phone system and a major income generator for telephone companies.


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