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Will SMS Stay? Or is it a Thing of the Past?

Published on 15 July 17
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Messaging people is one of the most common uses for a smartphone and therefore it is vital to choose the best one for you. As a user of the app, you need to feel comfortable using it as you make it part of your everyday lifestyle. That means breaking out from the standard SMS messaging, as this is becoming old technology, however, surprisingly it has stuck around. Although it is not used as often as it was a few years ago, SMS is still many people's preferred method of communication. A problem with SMS is that the messages are capped at a certain length, usually 160 characters. These days that is nowhere near enough to get a full message across to someone. It is typical for people to send multiple messages to say what they have got to say.

However, the convenience of using SMS may be shadowed by all the cool features that come with newer messaging applications. You can share your location, sync messages, send images for free and lots more.

Instant messaging using a messaging app works differently as the messages are sent over the internet. Therefore, you need an internet connection in order to use the service.
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A predominant con of messaging apps is that you have to encourage your friends to download the same one as you, or else you cannot message them. Therefore, if you have several friends all using different messaging apps, you may be left with the difficult task of picking which one you want to use or use multiple apps.

If you are lucky enough to have a group of friends that all are using the same messaging app, then one of the best features of a messaging app is they give a sign as to whether the recipient has read the message or not. Some of them will even show when the recipient is replying before the message comes through. This can be a helpful tool if you want to know if someone is ignoring you or not.

Another perk is that you can still get in contact with someone if you are in a place where there is limited or no mobile connection. For example, if you are out of the country and can’t use your phone to send an SMS, as long as you have an internet connection or Wifi then you can send a message.

The problem is you may end up having too many messaging apps. If you want a combination of the features that a few of the apps offer, then you may end up downloading one or two. Then you might have to download another to be able to chat with a particular friend. There are positives and negatives to both SMS and messaging apps, but the future is definitely pointing towards the likelihood that SMS soon may be something of the past. Really the messenger apps will drive the better future in the communication.



Will SMS Stay? Or is it a Thing of the Past? - Image 1

Messaging people is one of the most common uses for a smartphone and therefore it is vital to choose the best one for you. As a user of the app, you need to feel comfortable using it as you make it part of your everyday lifestyle. That means breaking out from the standard SMS messaging, as this is becoming old technology, however, surprisingly it has stuck around. Although it is not used as often as it was a few years ago, SMS is still many people's preferred method of communication. A problem with SMS is that the messages are capped at a certain length, usually 160 characters. These days that is nowhere near enough to get a full message across to someone. It is typical for people to send multiple messages to say what they have got to say.However, the convenience of using SMS may be shadowed by all the cool features that come with newer messaging applications. You can share your location, sync messages, send images for free and lots more.

Instant messaging using a messaging app works differently as the messages are sent over the internet. Therefore, you need an internet connection in order to use the service.

Will SMS Stay? Or is it a Thing of the Past? - Image 2

A predominant con of messaging apps is that you have to encourage your friends to download the same one as you, or else you cannot message them. Therefore, if you have several friends all using different messaging apps, you may be left with the difficult task of picking which one you want to use or use multiple apps.

If you are lucky enough to have a group of friends that all are using the same messaging app, then one of the best features of a messaging app is they give a sign as to whether the recipient has read the message or not. Some of them will even show when the recipient is replying before the message comes through. This can be a helpful tool if you want to know if someone is ignoring you or not.Another perk is that you can still get in contact with someone if you are in a place where there is limited or no mobile connection. For example, if you are out of the country and can’t use your phone to send an SMS, as long as you have an internet connection or Wifi then you can send a message.

The problem is you may end up having too many messaging apps. If you want a combination of the features that a few of the apps offer, then you may end up downloading one or two. Then you might have to download another to be able to chat with a particular friend. There are positives and negatives to both SMS and messaging apps, but the future is definitely pointing towards the likelihood that SMS soon may be something of the past. Really the messenger apps will drive the better future in the communication.

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