A text message using SMS – the 160 character limit led to the abbreviations of "SMS language"
A Teletype Model 32 used for Telex service
A text message on an iPhone announcing an AMBER Alert
A late-model British Telecom "Puma" telex machine of the 1980s
A multimedia message displayed on a mobile phone
SMS is used to send "welcome" messages to mobile phones roaming between countries. Here, T-Mobile welcomes a Proximus subscriber to the UK, and Base welcomes an Orange UK customer to Belgium.
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
A text message that (he says) promises 500 Libyan dinars ($400) to anyone who "makes noise" in support of Gaddafi in the coming days
A recruitment ban in French SMS language: «Slt koi29 on é jamé 2tro @ s batre pour la P. ;-)» = «''Salut! Quoi de neuf? On n'est jamais de trop à se battre pour la Paix!»
Some health organizations manage text messaging services to help people avoid smoking

In 1933, the German Reichspost (Reich postal service) introduced the first "telex" service.

- Text messaging

Telex served as the forerunner of modern fax, email, and text messaging – both technically and stylistically.

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

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This screenshot shows the "Inbox" page of an email client; users can see new emails and take actions, such as reading, deleting, saving, or responding to these messages.

Email

Method of exchanging messages ("mail") between people using electronic devices.

Method of exchanging messages ("mail") between people using electronic devices.

This screenshot shows the "Inbox" page of an email client; users can see new emails and take actions, such as reading, deleting, saving, or responding to these messages.
The at sign, a part of every SMTP email address
When a "robot" on Wikipedia makes changes to image files, the uploader receives an email about the changes made.
Email operation
The interface of an email client, Thunderbird.

Sending an email is much less expensive than sending postal mail, or long distance telephone calls, telex or telegrams.

Young people preferred instant messaging, texting and social media.