[What is SMS?]

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What is SMS?

SMS or Short Messaging Service is a technology that allows you to send text messages of around 150 characters (it varies by service) between cellular telephones.

SMS has developed a lingo all of its own. Since the messages have a maximum length and it's tough (for some people) to type on a phone keypad, SMS fans tend to use a lot of abbreviations instead of full works.

This Web site contains defintions of a lot of these shortform words.

While these shortform words were developed by cellular phone users, many have also been adopted by people who use Internet chat such as MSN Instant Messenger, AOL Messenger and ICQ.

People who hang out in Internet chat rooms also tend to use SMS lingo.



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