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Why Is SMS Texting Still Popular?

Why Is SMS Texting Still Popular?

Although there are myriad ways to stay in touch with the smartphone texting via short message service or SMS is still ubiquitous. If you have a cell phone you can use SMS.  But why is it still that way today? I mean think about how many apps you have that use data connections and offer a rich experience with more features. There's WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger yet despite being an Antiquated system SMS is still as common among smartphone users of say Starbucks in New York City.

So the question Is why first off smartphones support SMS natively, even if you're still using the older flip phone you can stay in touch over mass. It is not necessary to download an application and go through all the hassle of registering for an account on some social media platform and using if the person you want to contact is also on that same platform, if they have a phone number, they have an SMS that does.

It is very easy to communicate with someone regardless of what your other messaging app or phone maker of choice is. Maybe this has continued to make SMS popular as a quick way to reach out. New friends and colleagues as well as with older Generations who prefer the Simplicity of texting over having multiple social media-connected messenger accounts with extra fancy features.

Wow, SMS is also very cheap. At least if you're in the US where data can get expensive, although if you're old like me, you might remember the days when flip phones ruled the world and you only have so many texts per month included in your plan less you reap the anger of your parents for sending 500 texts to your BFF Jill and increasing number of carriers are offering Unlimited texting that won't chew through your data allowance.

This also means in some ways SMS can be more reliable than other messaging apps. Although you need a data connection to use group me or Google Hangouts SMS, you only need a basic cellular connection. So if you're in an area with limited service SMS may be your only option for staying in touch other than making an actual phone call.

Who does that? although, trying to send photos and videos over MMS, which is built on top of the SMF standard is Slower than other apps it is still a viable option, and since SMS works over a standard cell connection. It's actually been around in some form or another since the early And now we're in the 20s meaning that it's become very entrenched with around 5 billion users worldwide.

It has far far more adoption than even the most popular data-based messenger services. This wide adoption has also made SMS very popular with businesses. So for example, think about how they provide short five-digit codes at And events to make it easy to report that drunk guy who just won't sit down or how Airlines use SMS to quickly send updates on whether your flight is delayed without you having to download any kind of additional app.

Of course. The fact that SMS is a great fallback option for communication doesn't mean that it itself doesn't have serious limitations. However, there is a movement afoot to bring SMS into the Modern Age with a protocol called Rich communication services or RCS. You can learn more about it up here.

But basically, it's going to use a data link to provide additional features like Faster speeds and read receipts and notifications when someone else is in the middle of typing kind of like iMessage for Android but supported by individual carriers instead of one Hardware manufacturer. However, Bare Bones basic SMS will probably be sticking around for a while as a trustee backup.

So don't look for it to be going away in the near future besides you're going to need it. If you're one of those people was helping flip phones and fanny packs make a comeback.

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