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The death of SMS has been greatly exaggerated

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Jun 2011, 13:10

With the announcement of iMessage and the rumor of a similar Android feature, everyone is calling for the death of SMS. But, SMS isn't going anywhere any time soon...

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posted on 13 Jun 2011, 08:08

26. Azzam (unregistered)

well.. have u ever heard of WhatsApp!
it works on iOS, Android, and even Nokia! and its free! so i think that's the universal solution u're looking for

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:54

28. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

ok what about someone who has sony or nokia or motorola with a different OS??

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 11:45

29. chuckchizzle (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)

I dropped the text bundle on my phone. EVERYBODY in my circle does more E-mailing than texting anyway. Yea i send and receive the "where are u" or "What r u up 2" every now and then(or when we are talking about someone in the room)....but just call me for the short things.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 21:33 1

34. Nullstring (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

shame on you people. my grandmother loves texting!

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 12:15

35. matistight (Posts: 550; Member since: 13 May 2009)

saying sms will die is like saying phone will die now that theres skype and google voice. look at facetime. who has iphone 4s that are your friend. i had like 2 and did facetime with them and skyped while my friend only has their webcam as a camera on their laptop. sms will never die because youve grown up with sms by now. switching would be difficult and some people(like me) enjoy the stock sms app, yet i love whatsapp for android because(like blackberrys terribly do) the mms is shown as a full picture like iphones. Most of the time my phone will show a picture about a fifth of the size of the screen. It did that on my stock G2 and on my HD2(Sense2.1+3.0 rom, android)

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 03:34

38. chestersmudge (unregistered)

WHat about Whatsapp? Already cross platform. Smart phones will rule the world in the next 2 years not five, and then SMS will be dead - although email just as good, not everyone has an email address, but Whatsapp uses phone numbers and hence everyone has one by default..

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 02:57

39. Karn (unregistered)

Well, I think while the SMS is not going to be killed off now, it is in terminal decline. If we look at the number of SMSs being sent, statistics do indicate that the average number is decreasing. In fact, Dutch provider KPN attempted to throttle Skype and WhatsApp traffic because these services were eating into their SMS revenues - which was stopped thankfully.

I think that with smartphones becoming ubiquitous and affordable, people are going to have increasing access to things like WhatsApp, which is cross-platform compatible, solving one of the benefits of SMS. Also, if you think about it, SMS is very expensive compared to sending a message via a chat app, so that financial part will certainly come into consideration.

I wrote my own response here:http://blog.bulsuk.com/2011/07/obituary-coming-death-of-sms.html I'll be published in a week, but I do believe that we are seeing the beginning of the end for SMS.

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