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Why 160 characters for an SMS?

May 1st 2013

In 1985 Communications Researcher Friedham Hillebrand determined 160 characters was all that would be needed for a text message. While trying to standardize the technology that would allow cell phones to transmit and display messages, he discovered that the average sentence or questions needed just 160 characters. Back in 1985 people clearly didn’t have much to say!


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