Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.
SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application in the world, with 3.6 billion active users, or 78% of all mobile phone subscribers. The term "SMS" is used as a synonym for all types of short text messaging, as well as the user activity itself, in many parts of the world. SMS is also being used as a form of direct marketing known as SMS marketing.
SMS as used on modern handsets originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers using standardized phone protocols and later defined as part of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) series of standards in 1985 as a means of sending messages of up to 160 characters, to and from GSM mobile handsets. Since then, support for the service has expanded to include other mobile technologies such as ANSI CDMA networks and Digital AMPS, as well as satellite and Landline networks. Most SMS messages are mobile-to-mobile text messages, although the standard supports other types of broadcast messaging as well.
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... The Short Message Service is realised by the use of the Mobile Application Part (MAP) of the SS#7 protocol, with Short Message protocol elements being transported across the network as fields within the MAP messages ... These MAP messages may be transported using 'traditional' TDM based signalling, or over IP using SIGTRAN and an appropriate adaptation layer ... The Short Message protocol itself is defined by 3GPP TS 23.040 for the Short Message Service - Point to Point (SMS-PP), and 3GPP TS 23.041 for the Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) ...
... Silent messages, often called "silent sms, "stealth sms," or "stealthy ping," will not show up on the display, nor is there an acoustical signal when they ... This kind of message is sent especially by the police to locate a person or to create a complete movement profile of a person ... "silent SMSs" were sent by the federal police, the customs, and the secret service "Office for Protection of the Constitution." ...
... The Short Message Service—Point to Point (SMS-PP)—was originally defined in GSM recommendation 03.40, which is now maintained in 3GPP as TS 23.040 ... GSM 03.41 (now 3GPP TS 23.041) defines the Short Message Service—Cell Broadcast (SMS-CB), which allows messages (advertising, public information, etc.) to be broadcast to all mobile users in a ... Messages are sent to a short message service center (SMSC), which provides a “store and forward” mechanism ...
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