How the First Text Made the World a Better Place

Tue Dec 20, 2016

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December 3rd, 1992. An engineer named Neil Papworth sits down at his computer and composes a simple message. A few buildings over, a Vodaphone executive named Richard Jarvis relaxes at his office Christmas party. He glances down at the glowing green screen of his Orbital 901 handset.

“Merry Christmas,” he reads.

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