SMS is a mobile telephone feature for sending and receiving text messages on the mobile phone and is also a component of the world wide web and many mobile systems.
SMS stands for Short Messaging Service and uses standardized communication protocols to enable mobile devices to exchange short text messages. SMS has its origins from Radio Telegraphy and in 1985 the protocol used for SMS was defined in the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) series of standards.
Though SMS use is become increasingly challenging these days owing to the presence of many social media messaging platform like the Free Mode for Facebook which allows only text without charge and Apple’s iMessage. There is also WeChat from China, Viber and Line from Japan.
Because of such sheer number of people and users on these platforms at least most Zambians everyday will prefer to use the messaging facilities on the Facebook or WhatsApp and any social media since they are their everyday.
Telecommunication Mobile providers have lowered the pricing of SMS to ridiculous zero values for hundreds of text messages. This continue to popularise tradition messages
Nitty Bitty Fact About SMS
The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992, from Neil Papworth of Sema Group (now Mavenir Systems) using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset. The text of the message was “Merry Christmas.” Source Wikipedia