For over a hundred years one of the most tried and true methods of efficiently communicating across the globe was the telegram. That technology allowed for the first trans Atlantic cable to be financially possible. When my dad proposed to my mom he sent a telegram from Germany to Fresno California.
If you’d like to send a telegram today, you can’t. The last telegram was sent on July 14th 2013.
I find it prodigious that the iPhone and the telegram had several years of overlap. Looks to me though, like the iPhone won.