- The first 'SMS' text message was sent by 22-year-old Neil Papworth, who used his computer to send a 'Merry Christmas' text to a colleague's mobile phone on December 3 1992.
- The average person in the UK sends 50 texts a week.
- 12-15 years olds send around 193 messages a week.
- A single text message contains a maximum of 140 bytes of data. Compare that to an audio CD, which contains up to 700,000,000 bytes (700MB).
- The most popular kind of 'predictive' texting - T9 - was introduced in 1995.
- 1999 saw the first time people could send messages to those on rival networks.
- Police can use 'silent' SMS messages that can be sent to a suspect's phone without alerting them, and can reveal their location.
- In 2010, 6.1 trillion messages were sent across the world
- A National Texting Championship is held each year in the US.
The Guinness World Record holder for texting speed is Norways's Sonja Kristiansen.
She typed this message in 37.28 seconds: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human."