Fact File about the Invention of Texting: Invention: Texting *** Date of Invention: 1992 *** Name of Inventor: Matti Makkonen *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1952 - 2015 *** Nationality of Inventor: Finnish *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Communications and Information *** Country of Origin: Finland *** Facts about the Inventor, Matti Makkonen, and the invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Texting? The Texting was invented by Matti Makkonen in 1992 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented Texting? Prior to the invention of Texting in 1992,
the Cell Phone was invented by Martin Cooper in
1973 but it was only capable of sending or receiving calls, not text messages.
Fact 3: Who invented Texting? The inventor of Texting, Matti Makkonen, was born on April 16, 1952 in Suomussalmi, Finland died on June 26, 2015.
Fact 4: Who invented Texting? Little is known about the personal or
professional life of Matti Makkonen. He was a shy, modest man who until his
death insisted he was just a pioneer in mobile communications and that the
development of texting was due to the input of various other innovators.
Fact 5: Who invented Texting? The early years of Matti Makkonen were spent in Suomussalmi, Finland where he was raised by his family. Matti Makkonen was educated at
the University of Oulu, one of the largest universities in Finland, where he
studied Information Technology and Electrical and Systems Engineering from 1971
Fact 6: Who invented Texting? Following his education his first job was
in 1976 at Sonera, the former Finnish PTT, in the radio department. His career
continued at Telecom Finland/Sonera for 26 years during which time he worked on
NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephone), the first fully automatic cellular phone system
that was launched in 1981.
Fact 7: Who invented Texting? Matti Makkonen also worked at Nokia for
nearly three years as the Head of Professional Services, a global team that was
responsible for Nokia Network customers. Matti Makkonen spent a further three
years heading the Finnet Group is a collection of 23 independent regional
telephone companies and the Finnet Federation, which operates in the
Fact 8: Who invented Texting? In 2010 Matti Makkonen was appointed CEO at
Anvia PLC (Finland) a company that offered IT services, Security and TV
broadcasting solutions. Matti Makkonen retired from his position of CEO from
Anvia PLC in December 2013 but continued his association with the company as a
Director and in a consultancy capacity.
Fact 9: Who invented Texting? Matti Makkonen died on June 26, 2015 but
will be remembered as one of the pioneers of SMS Texting systems.
Fact 10: Who invented Texting? Matti Makkonen never patented his idea and
never claimed to be the inventor of texting (SMS). He always insisted that the
invention "was due to a joint effort between many people".
Fact 11: Who invented Texting? In 1985 Friedhelm Hillebrand, a German
telecommunications engineer, and Bernard Ghillebaert, a French engineer,
focused their work on Short Message Transmission SMS). Friedhelm Hillebrand
concluded that most messages could be reduced to under 160 characters, including
spaces which led to the collaboration of Ghillebaert and Hillebrand to develop
the 160 character protocol.
Fact 12: Who invented Texting? Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard
Ghillebaert proposed SMS texting to the telecommunications standards body,
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) who drafted technical
specifications for SMS by 1987. The work and contributions of Finn Trosby and
Kevin Holley are also notable names connected with the standardization of the
Fact 13: Who invented Texting? The efforts of Neil Papworth, a
communications engineer, is another of the names that is often linked with the invention of Texting.
Neil Papworth was the man who sent the very first text message from his
Personal Computer on December 3, 1992. The Smartphone
had only just been invented so most Cell Phones did
not have keyboards.
Fact 14: Who invented Texting? Neil Papworth's first text message saying
"Merry Christmas" was sent to Richard Jarvis, a friend at UK Vodafone who
received the text on his an Orbitel 901 handset, one of the first ever GSM
mobile phones. Richard Jarvis couldn't reply to the text because his
Orbitel 901 phone had no way of inputting text.
Fact 15: Who invented Texting? One year later, in 1993, Nokia debuted the
first cell phone that was able to send text messages between two people on the
same network - cell phone networks did not allow users to SMS people subscribed
to rival companies until 1999.
Fact 16: Who invented Texting? The invention of Texting moved on when, in
1995, Tegic Communications introduced predictive text technology on their "T9"
system (T9, stood for Text on 9 keys). The "T9" predictive text system make it
faster and easier to type text messages
Fact 17: Who invented Texting? Texting took off in 1999 when cell phone
networks allowed their users to send text messages between networks. The
inexpensive, quick-fire technology appealed to the younger generation and in the
United States 35 texts were being sent per person, per month. By 2002 the
practise of texting exploded and more than 250 billion SMS text messages were
Fact 18: Who invented Texting? Twitter, the social networking micro-blogging website,
was co-founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, together with Noah Glass, Biz Stone and
Fact 19: Who invented Texting? Twitter enabled users to post instant
short messages of 140 characters or less. The Twitter social network centered around text messaging
and by 2016 over 500 million 'tweets' were sent every day.
Fact 20: Who invented Texting? In 2007 the number of US monthly text
messages exceeded the number of monthly phone calls made in America.
Fact 21: Who invented Texting? Other alternatives such as BBM, iMessage,
WhatsApp have emerged but SMS texting messages continue to prove popular with
users. In 2016 a mind boggling 8.3 trillion SMS texting messages were sent at
the rate of almost 23 billion messages per day.