Short Message Service (SMS)
Probably the most revolutionary development in telecom sector during the last century has been provision of text message service to the users. The service is not only very cheap but also helps in conveying data which might not be otherwise possible through conversation. The service has seen immense expansion during the past few years and there is almost no mobile phone service providing company which does not provide the facility of text messaging to its customers. Users can very conveniently send and receive messages and can interpret them. The service is available in almost any language in the world though only through the script that your mobile phone allows.
Most of the text message traffic generated in the world uses English as its primary language or at least as its script language, though the actual wording may be of native language. Mobile companies have come up with the software allowing messaging in native languages of most of the consumers. They evaluate the market needs of a particular area and then hire experts to devise software for the purpose. People can thus enjoy the service in their own language and in turn a larger number of population can make use of the facility. Data is transferred from a cell phone to the other one through the traditional mode in bits and bytes and is independent of language. Text message which is generated in a particular language is converted into bits and bytes (the general language of computers) and is decoded at the receiving set exactly in the same language. At times certain characters may not be available for display in the receiver mobile phone and the data may not be shown there, instead some boxes or illegible characters appear. The same thing happens if the receiving cel phone does not have the language used by the sender.