The inventor of SMS,Matti Makkonen Father of SMS Died at 63
The man who initially started the concept to communicate through short text messaging service on mobile has sadly passed away. He considered that he alone did not come up with the idea. He considered that it was a join handed effort with Nokia who helped a lot in popularizing the service. He said on this that:
I did not consider SMS as personal achievement but as result of joint effort to collect ideas and write the specifications of the services based on them.
He considering Nokia to be the main ambassador of service once said:
The real launch of the service, as I see it, was when Nokia introduced its first phone that enabled easy writing of messages (Nokia 2010 in 1994)
Jarmo Matilainen who works in telecoms group Finnet also felt grieved at the death of his friend and described his friend Makkonen as a “grand old man of the mobile industry”.
He further added:
It’s very sad. He was just going to retire and he should have had many years ahead
The original idea was proposed in 1984, which still continues to penetrate in the world till now.
For his work on Short Messaging Service he was awarded The Economist Innovation Award in the computing and telecommunications category in 2008. The father of SMS died leaving behind this huge achievement globally for the advantage of all.