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Britons sending record numbers of texts

More than a billion SMS messages sent each week


Texting on a mobile phone

Britons are sending more than a billion text messages each week, according to the latest industry figures.

The Mobile Data Association (MDA) says that 4.8 billion texts were sent from mobile phones during September – up 25% on the same month last year.

That weekly total is the same as the number sent during the whole of 1999.

The industry body estimates that 52 billion texts will be sent this year – up more than 10 billion on 2006.

SMS boom

MDA Chairman Mike Short said: ‘The UK text volumes show no real signs of abating and the UK sits within the top six of the global league of countries sending text messages.

‘While the trend towards operators offering “all-you-can-eat” tariffs increases, this will act as a catalyst for consumers’ passion for all things mobile.’

The first text message was sent in December 1992, and SMS was launched commercially for the first time in 1995.

The MDA says that 95% of people aged 16 to 24 use text messaging regularly, each sending an average of 100 texts per month.

Around 214 million messages were sent on New Year’s Day 2007, the highest daily total ever recorded by the MDA.

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