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What Is SMS?

Text messaging is a good way to stay quietly in contact when you're on the go, which makes it perfect for Global Mobile travelers.

Before I get into the startling numbers behind text messaging, let me explain what this whole “texting” business is all about. Remember back when you were in elementary school and you got caught passing notes? (Okay, maybe I'm talking about myself here.) That was text messaging: simple, to the point snippets of information. In my case, it was usually, “I like you, do you like me? Yes/No—check one.” It was immediate in that I just had my best friend (the carrier) pass the note over to the cute girl in the third row. It was passive in that although I desperately wanted a response, none was required. Okay, fast forward a few decades—today, advances in wireless technology allow us to send the same sorts of passive notes (no immediate response required) to people sitting next to us in a meeting or on the other side of the planet with equal ease. Oh, by the way—that cute girl never did respond to my note.


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