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When did texting first start?

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May 09, 2009 5:26PM

The design of dedicated SMS (Short Message Service) alphanumeric communications began in 1993, but commercial use was minimal in 1995, and was still comparatively slow by 2000, when the billing systems were standardized. It was not until the proliferation of text-capable cellphones in 2001-2004 that the messaging phenomena reached its current levels. Due to the initial use of per-message billing, some users received incredibly-high phone bills (comparable to extended long-distance phone calls). Flat-rate billing has enabled texting to maintain its substantial volume for the years 2006-2009.