A long time before smartphones and apps, our phones just made calls. But that all changed, when the first ever text message was sent on 3 December 1992.

At the time, 22-year-old British engineer Neil Papworth did the honours, sending the message ‘Merry Christmas’ from his computer to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone.Today, texts are still a prominent form of communication alongside many newer, internet-based forms.

[Read more: Inventor of the text message dies]

We dare you to try out our ‘text speak’ quiz, to see if you can understand what youngsters of today are messaging each other about using abbreviations and shortcuts galore.

To find out more about the UK's communication history visit BT archives.