When was the first commercial text message (SMS) sent?
Correct Answer:December 1992
A little background…
Although the technology was conceived by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert of the GSM Corporation in 1984, the first SMS message was sent in December 1992 by Sema Group software architect Neil Papworth who used a computer to text "Merry Christmas" over Vodafone's GSM network in the UK where it was received by a Vodafone employee using an Orbitel 901 handset.
The following year in 1993, Nokia's GSM mobile phone series became the first to support consumer SMS texting. By 1995 network traffic totaled a mere 0.4 messages per GSM customer per month. Today, over six billion texts are sent every day.