Short Message Service is a method to communicate using your
How to send a SMS:
Scroll your Menu to Messages and select Write/Compose/Send menu
and press Yes/OK. Type your message using your phone keypad.
Press Yes/OK and enter the phone number you wish to send and
press Yes/OK. Your SMS is on its way.
Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne and Vidushi Seneviratne
Imagine a scenario where you are thoroughly engrossed in a book at
the library. And your cellular phone goes 'Ring, Ring'. Ooops, embarrassing,
isn't it? Especially if the librarian is not the patient type. Wouldn't
it be so much easier if you could receive all those messages but not
cause any noise pollution?
SMS or Short
Message Service would undoubtedly come in handy at moments such
as these. For it is short, precise and relatively quiet!
Welcome to the
world of SMS. For, this new technology seems to have taken over
the lives of the younger generation completely.
your guide to SMS jargon:
ADN Any day now
AISB As I said before
AKA Also known as
AMAP As much as possible
ASAP As soon as possible
AYT Are you there
BOL Best of Luck
BZY Busy see you later
CB Call back
CIO Cut it out
CU See you
DIY Do it yourself
:'''-) Flood of tears
G2G Got to go
:-~1 Has a cold
:-R Has the flu
Ever since its
introduction a few years ago, SMS has grown in popularity. It's
not only used among friends, but also between parents and children,
banks and their clients and even to request songs on the radio.
It's no longer the 'Coca Cola' culture but the SMS culture.Life
now centres around SMS. It's quite 'normal' to SMS people a foot
away from you and even at the theatre or whilst walking along the
Eroshan Meewella, a specialist in Business Development at Dialog
GSM, over 80% of their subscribers have already registered and actively
is it that SMS is so popular? Says Anusha (20), who has been 'SMSing'
for a few months now, 'It's practical.' She feels that unlike a
phone call one doesn't have to bother with the formalities. It's
precise and to the point. It gets the message across without any
But on the other
hand, isn't it impersonal? "Maybe so. But it's effective and
that's what counts."For
Dilan (18), another avid fan of SMS, the fact that it is impersonal
is what is so fantastic about it. It's brief and effective and you
can be 100 per cent sure of not disturbing the receiver. You are
bound to be replied whenever time permits.
But some tend
to exploit this facility too,by forwarding unnecessary messages
to unknown people.Mobile
phone companies have introduced various new features to make SMS
all the more user-friendly. For example, picture messaging, Sinhala
SMS service, ring to me exchange facility, cricket information,
horoscopes, foreign currency, World Cup soccer updates, stock and
bill information are a few of the new additions.
concept that has been introduced is SMS games.
to minimum embarrassment," says Sarah (19) laughing. "It's
extremely annoying when the phone starts ringing continuously in
places like buses and there's no way to answer." But when it
comes to SMS, she finds that since it's just a single beep - she
gets her message without being embarrassed.
When a new craze
is introduced, in most instances it's only the younger generation
that gets caught up in it. But with SMS, it has taken on a slightly
different angle. For amongst the enthusiastic fans of SMS, are not
just teens and twenties but the thirty-somethings as well.
says in an article in the LMD of March 2002, 'SMS remains generally
unexploited, even though it rates high as the communication medium
of choice for the lucrative 16-40 year-old market sector.'
Let's face it,
SMS hz taken over!