A text message using SMS – the 160 character limit led to the abbreviations of "SMS language"
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A multimedia message displayed on a mobile phone
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This sticker seen in Paris satirizes the popularity of communication in SMS shorthand. In French: "Is that you? / It's me! / Do you love me? / Shut up!"
A driver with attention divided between a mobile phone and the road ahead
Two girls text during class at school
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As chairman of the non-voice services committee for the Global System for Mobile Communications standard in 1985, he conducted experiments to determine the length needed for text messages and found that 160 characters was sufficient.

- Friedhelm Hillebrand

Friedhelm Hillebrand conceptualised SMS in 1984 while working for Deutsche Telekom.

- Text messaging
A text message using SMS – the 160 character limit led to the abbreviations of "SMS language"

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SMS (Short Message Service) is a text messaging service component of most telephone, Internet, and mobile device systems.

The SMS concept was developed in the Franco-German GSM cooperation in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert.

Bernard Ghillebaert

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French telecommunications engineer and businessman, and former Chief Executive of Orange UK.

French telecommunications engineer and businessman, and former Chief Executive of Orange UK.

With the German engineer Friedhelm Hillebrand, he created the standards for text messaging in 1984, resulting in February 1985 with the GSM (Groupe Spécial Mobile) standard, also known as Global System for Mobile Communications for the Short Message Service (SMS), now known as text messaging.