21 Facts About SMS


SMS is a text messaging service component of most telephone, Internet, and mobile device systems.

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SMS technology originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers that used standardized phone protocols.

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SMS rolled out commercially on many cellular networks that decade and became hugely popular worldwide as a method of text communication.

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

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The key idea for SMS was to use this telephone-optimized system, and to transport messages on the signalling paths needed to control the telephone traffic during periods when no signalling traffic existed.

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SMS could be implemented in every mobile station by updating its software.

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The input documents on SMS had been prepared by Friedhelm Hillebrand of Deutsche Telekom, with contributions from Bernard Ghillebaert of France Telecom.

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SMS was considered in the main GSM group as a possible service for the new digital cellular system.

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MAP Phase 2 expanded support for SMS by introducing a separate operation code for Mobile Terminated Short Message transport.

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All first installations of SMS gateways were for network notifications sent to mobile phones, usually to inform of voice mail messages.

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SMS was originally designed as part of GSM, but is available on a wide range of networks, including 3G networks.

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SMS is a stateless communication protocol in which every SMS message is considered entirely independent of other messages.

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Many mobile and satellite transceiver units support the sending and receiving of SMS using an extended version of the Hayes command set.

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The first premium-rate media content delivered via the SMS system was the world's first paid downloadable ringing tones, as commercially launched by Saunalahti, in 1998.

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An alternative to inbound SMS is based on long numbers, which can be used in place of short codes for SMS reception in several applications, such as TV voting, product promotions and campaigns.

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Threaded SMS is a visual styling orientation of SMS message history that arranges messages to and from a contact in chronological order on a single screen.

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A2P is a type of SMS sent from a subscriber to an application or sent from an application to a subscriber.

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SMS messaging has some extra security vulnerabilities due to its store-and-forward feature, and the problem of fake SMS that can be conducted via the Internet.

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The most serious threat is SMS Spoofing, which occurs when a fraudster manipulates address information in order to impersonate a user that has roamed onto a foreign network and is submitting messages to the home network.

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Flash SMS is a type of SMS that appears directly on the main screen without user interaction and is not automatically stored in the inbox.

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In 2010 Germany, almost half a million "silent SMS" messages were sent by the federal police, customs and the secret service "Verfassungsschutz" .

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