It is twenty years since the first text message was over the mobile phone network. I suppose it was about 1996 when I received my first text message. It came to my first mobile phone. A younger friend who was already into email and the internet sent the message. He was the one who urged me to get a computer and the internet. 'It will change your life'. And it did.
I stared at the screen of my Ericsson 218 with surprise. How does this work then?
Later I enquired of my friend. He sent the text message from a computer. He did not have a mobile phone then. I sold him my 218 for $100 when I bought my next phone. I don't believe the 218 was capable of sending text messages, but maybe it was. I sent my first text message from my next phone, and the rest is now history.