Over 1 trillion text messages sent in 2008

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.

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23 Comments

1. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 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: Jan 28, 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: Jan 04, 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: Mar 30, 2009

any where from 3000 to7000 for me its kinda rediculus i talk less than 500 excludeing work

5. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 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: Feb 26, 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: Jan 08, 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: Feb 26, 2009

Um...because they are a business. Strange concept it is...making money.

14. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 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: Mar 11, 2009

What does liberals have to do with texting?

17. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 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: Dec 12, 2008

Ha... You missed that one, didn't you?

21. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

...right over my head...

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Jan 20, 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

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Uh oh... it's on now...

15. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 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: Jan 20, 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: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Dec 29, 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: Feb 12, 2009

I'm am 24. I only send about 200-250 texts in 1 month.

23. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

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