Contributions from Finn Trosby, Kevin Holley, Ian Harris
Written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SMSstandardization by the people who produced the standards, ShortMessage Service (SMS): The Creation of Personal Text Messaging,describes the development of the SMS standard and its ongoingevolution. The standardization of SMS started in February 1985 as apart of the creation of the second generation digital cellularsystem GSM, and the 25th anniversary of the first work on SMSprovides an opportunity to review and understand how this servicewas developed. The book also looks to the future, as a large numberof new GSM and evolved GSM phones will support SMS as a mass markethigh availability messaging service, a new simple MultimediaMessaging Service (MMS) suitable for use by everyone and forimplementation in every new terminal is proposed.
* One of the only books which covers the complete SMS genesisfrom concept ideas to standardization of a first technical solutionand its evolution to the present day.
* Describes the service concept including the limitation of themessage length to 160 characters and explains the rationale behindthe concept.
* Based on existing and newly retrieved documentation.
* Concludes that SMS has a long future since most future GSMphones will support SMS as the only messaging service, and so anSMS evolution is put forward.