Over 1 trillion text messages sent in 2008
The silent form of communication, aka text messaging, has become a phenomenon with more age groups jumping on the bandwagon. To compliment the need for this medium, we’ve seen plenty of devices offer QWERTY keyboards with even more to come. During the annual CTIA keynote held this past Wednesday, CTIA CEO Steve Largent informed attendees that U.S. wireless subscribers sent out over 1 trillion SMS messages in 2008 alone. That number is triple the amount when compared to the paltry 363 billion sent in 2007. But just keep in mind that those figures are only for the U.S.; which makes up some of the total global usage. Always thought as being associated with the younger crowd, we see older age groups hit the trend. So don’t be afraid if you start getting messages from grandma ending with LOL.
1. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)
Crazy. I sent 2500 messages last month. I know thats not alot. Like that one girl 15000, in a month thats messed up.
2. theVINSTER (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)
I sent 3600 lol. i just got a laptop so now I'm more of an IM person now. I only text on the go.
3. drewsky (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jan 2009)
man I feel real behind you guys I only text like 300 a month. I'm a casual texter, sort of.
4. dick odel (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)
any where from 3000 to7000 for me its kinda rediculus i talk less than 500 excludeing work
5. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
The most ive ever sent was about 3200. I never use my phone for calling unless i really have to.
6. Vitamins4022 (unregistered)
i average about 1500 text messages/month. My mom recently started texting and she sounds like a 13 year old girl in her texts! She probably thinks that you have to shorten every word as much as possible in texts. ie: "hey grl! u cmin hm 4 dnr?' She even has a qwerty keyboard!
7. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
You wouldn't think that someone would be able to send that many messages...i just can't justify that many a month...I mean i know this girl who raked up a 300 $ bill and lost her phone, I just laughed at her because there is no reason at all for the crazy amount of texts she made. I told if...if you're going to go and play that game you might as well just get unlimited texting. She then got an attitude and I told her to look at the first word. of every line...
8. johntkong (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
serioiusly, why do mobile providers even offer, rather, make customers buy a calling plans? i got the smallest amount of mins i could while i splurged on an unlimited texting/data plan.
9. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
Um...because they are a business. Strange concept it is...making money.
14. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Its alright heavybreathing... liberals don't understand the concept of capitalism or business... their are just looking for handouts...
16. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)
What does liberals have to do with texting?
17. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)
Anyway, mobile providers still want you getting a calling plan because they're a company that offers calling services... simple. If all you were going to do is text, why would you need a device that makes phone calls? Why not just get a laptop?
19. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Ha... You missed that one, didn't you?
10. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i send about 2,000 texts a month. mostly to at&t buddies. therefore the little checkmark doesnt come up to say delivered...i hate gayt&t
11. Mr Coolguy Face (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Jan 2009)
heavybreathing can't put together full sentences so he uses vulgarities a lot and works in a call center! LMAO Oh and he knew a girl who texts a lot HA HA HA HA!! WHAT!!! ???!!! OMG!! HA HA HA
15. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
You seem to be obsessed by me man. 5 of your last 6 posts involve me...but let me copy and paste what I responded to you earlier. I make $19 an hour, and get off at 2:30 in the afternoon, get 40 hours a week and unlimited overtime. I also get online and troll you guys all day and get paid. What do you do?
20. Mr Coolguy Face (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Jan 2009)
Im a SFA for one of the worlds largest pharma companies who I will not mention. I currently manage a 2.5 Billion GBP budget for our IT Finance group and travel abroad on a monthly basis, I wont mention what my salary is as I absolutely don't see how that's relevant, I work well over 40 hours a week, which Im not proud of, I also take my work home with me. Im glad you have something to be proud of though! $19 an hour.... If your happy with that, then rock on~! I find great solace in giving people like you true information, you run your mouth a lot in many of your posts, your rude and arrogant which says a lot about how truly happy you really must be with your current situation. I'm fascinated by the Telecommunications industry, which is one reason why I like to stay up to date and read through forums such as PA. I find it extremely unfortunate however when many a post are ruined by people such as yourself. So my fellow PA poster rock on, live and let live and as stated previously... THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, as it is painfully obvious that you haven't yet mastered that. Although you do get done at 2:30 so that must account for something right!
22. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
are you expecting someone to reply to this?? if your not proud of your job why are you still in the business?
13. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
I have seen as many as 22,000 text messages in one month, and have heard of other reps that have seen numbers close to 30,000. Crazy. Oh and to johntkong, I cant speak for others but Verizon does offer a little known plan for I believe 34.99 that is unlimited text with pay per use voice for $0.25 per minute. Not sure how little you use your phone for talking, but might be a good option.
18. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
I'm am 24. I only send about 200-250 texts in 1 month.
23. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
"we see older age groups hit the trend" I have definitely had an increase in calls from older people wanting me to teach them how to text, usually cuz their granddaughters/grandsons are texting them, and they don't know how to respond.
Over 1 trillion text messages sent in 2008