In the late 19th century, the wireless telegraphy was developed using radio waves.

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American Personal Communications (APC), the first GSM carrier in America, provided the first text-messaging service in the United States.

Sprint Telecommunications Venture, a partnership of Sprint Corp. made the initial phone-call to launch the network, calling Mayor Kurt Schmoke in Baltimore.

The sender of a text message is commonly referred to as a "texter".

The electrical telegraph systems, developed in the early 19th century, used analog electrical signals to sent text messages.

The principal markets for these services are Huntingtonā€™s six-state banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 690 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,380 ATMs.

The service is referred to by different colloquialisms depending on the region.

It may simply be referred to as a "text" in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, an "SMS" in most of mainland Europe, or an "MMS" or "SMS" in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

When Radiolinja's domestic competitor, Telecom Finland (now part of Telia Sonera) also launched SMS text messaging in 1995 and the two networks offered cross-network SMS functionality, Finland became the first nation where SMS text messaging was offered on a competitive as well as on a commercial basis.