texting (text messaging or wireless messaging)

Texting is the common term for sending a short text messages between cell phones or other handheld devices.

Texting (sometimes called "text messaging" or "wireless messaging") is sending short text messages between cell phones, pagers or other handheld devices. Messages are sent through SMS (short message service). Users can also send text messages from a computer to a handheld device. Web texting, as it's called, is made possible by Web sites called SMS gateways.

This was first published in July 2007

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