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text messaging
Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 

Sending short text messages to a device such as a cellular phone, PDA or pager. Text messaging is used for messages that are no longer than a few hundred characters. The term is usually applied to messaging that takes place between two or more mobile devices.

Compare with SMS and instant messaging.

Also see the page of text messaging abbreviations in the Quick Reference section of Webopedia.

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