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Messaging Services, Mobile

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Mobile messaging services allow users to enter a short message (maximum 160 characters) from the keyboard of a mobile device and have that message forwarded to a recipient or a group of recipients. The message is sent using e-mail-like store-and-forward techniques, where the message first goes to a messaging system and then on to the recipients.

SMS (Short Messaging Service) was originally designed for GSM mobile phone systems, but is now available for a variety of other phone systems. It is called G-Mail on the GSM networks in Europe, where billions of SMS messages are being sent per month. SMS is evolving into EMS (enhanced messaging service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services). See "SMS (Short Messaging Service)." Also see "Packet Radio Data Networks," "SMR (Specialized Mobile Radio)," and "Wireless Mobile Communications."

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