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Old 09-23-08, 04:30 PM
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Text Messaging Explodes In America

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...e4471183.shtml

Text Messaging Explodes In America

Sept. 23, 2008
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(CNET) American cell phone users are sending more text messages than they are making phone calls, according to a Nielsen Mobile survey released Monday.

For the second quarter of 2008, U.S. mobile subscribers sent and received on average 357 text messages per month, compared with making and receiving 204 phone calls a month, according to Nielsen. The new statistic is a clear indication that Americans have jumped onto the SMS text bandwagon.

In the first quarter of 2006, Americans sent and received 65 text messages per month. The number of messages sent and received today has increased 450 percent. But even though people are texting more, it doesn't mean that they've stopped talking on the phone. According to Nielsen, the number of phone calls that people make and receive each month has remained relatively flat over the past two years.

The wireless industry's trade association, CTIA, recently noted the explosion in texting in its own report. It recently reported that for the month of June, American cell phone subscribers sent about 75 billion SMS text messages, averaging about 2.5 billion messages per day. This represents an increase of 160 percent over the 28.8 billion messages reported in June 2007.

Short Message Service, or SMS, text messaging first became popular in Europe and Asia, because it was much cheaper to send short text messages than make an actual phone call. In countries such as the Philippines, the cost of sending one text is less than a penny. And in Europe where cell phone users are still penalized with high roaming charges between countries, texting is still a more economical form of communication.

But in the U.S. texting is proving to be a cash cow for carriers. Over the past two years, the cost of sending and receiving individual text messages without a special text message package has gone up 100 percent with individual text messages costing 20 cents per message. Carriers are now offering unlimited cell phone texting plans that cost an additional $20 a month, which makes sending texts more affordable for heavy texters.

The surge in text messaging is being driven by teens 13 to 17 years old, who on average send and receive about 1,742 text messages a month. Teens also talk on the phone, but at a much lower rate, only making and receiving about 231 calls per month. The report even suggests that tweens or kids under the age of 12 are also heavy text users, averaging about 428 messages per month.

By Marguerite Reardon
Copyright 2008 CNET Networks, Inc., a CBS Company
Wow, I may receive and send 4 text messages a month and I try to discourage it. They cost me .20 each and do not seem worth it to me.

I also only make and receive about 30 calls per month. Age 47.

If you respond, please state your age and the average # of texts / calls you make / receive in a month. I think it will be pretty interesting.

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I am 27, and I have no idea how many text messages I use in a month or how many calls I make in a month. I have unlimited texts through Sprint.
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I'm 25, I don't really text that much. Once in awhile it'll be an easy way to update a friend on something cool or some news or sports events, but other then that I probably only send a few a month.
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texting is far more efficient if you just need some quick info from a friend or to tell them something minor.

meet you at xxxx at xxxx o'clock. so much easier than picking up a phone and wasting minutes.
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Also, I've found texting more useful if you know the other person can't speak, like if they're at work or class or something.
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The only time I found texting useful was when my wife was in labor and I was able to text multiple family members at one time with updates.
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Never text.

The only text messages I get are spam, so I turned off text messaging on my phone since I didn't feel like paying for spam.
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I have never sent a text. I have gotten a few.
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I text more than I call.
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The only time I've really text messaged a lot was during hurricane Rita, when we couldn't get a call through on the phone lines. The fact that text messages are stored on a server and repeatedly attempted until they go through is real nice.
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I never text. No surprise since I hardly use my cell phone at all.

In Canada, starting last August, Bell and Telus have started to charge their customers 15cents to receive incoming text messages, including uninvited spam messages. Previously, customers without text plans were only charged for outgoing messages. I expect a lot of people will be switching to Rogers or Virgin once their contract expires, if these two carriers don't decide to follow suit...
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I use text frequently when I go to bars and clubs. Sometimes phone calls can't go through or if it does, you can't hear the person on the other end. So I just text my friends if I need to let them know where I'm at.

Also for some reason, girls love to text. One of my friends had to show me how to use T9 (automatically finds the words) because she responded so quick to my text and wondered how she did it.
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Girls love to text and girls love to talk on the phone. Thank god I was able to grow up as a teenager in a non cellular phone world.

"Why was your phone off?"
"Where were you?"
"Why don't you respond to my texts?"

Meh, instrument of the devil cell phones are...
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357?! Given how long it takes me to type out a text message, I'd be dead long before 357.
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25 years old and i hardly ever text. I'd say maybe 1 text message a week on average. But some of the employees at my work have a texting problem. THey're on it nonstop. I saw one of the techs today texting while in surgery room right in front of the doctor in the middle of an operation! I'm sure he saw her doing it. pretty fucking rude!!!
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I use it once in a while, but I'm starting to use it a little more as more and more people that I know now use it. I'd use it even more often if if it worked reliably internationally.

I'm also really, really slow at it.
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I rarely text. And if the recent train accident proves anything, it's that in this particular instance the Luddites are right.
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I don't text that much but I have a blackberry. And blackberry messenger... that's where its at. Would this count? btw, I'm 29
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Also, I've found texting more useful if you know the other person can't speak, like if they're at work or class or something.
As a professor, I'd appreciate it if people would not text friends they know are in class.
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I don't text that much but I have a blackberry. And blackberry messenger... that's where its at. Would this count? btw, I'm 29
Same here. I pay per text. Only a few per month. I don't think the messenger counts as text.
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I text more than I call, I would say. I have unlimited texts as well. Age 24.
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27 and I text frequently. So much easier, and I'm not much of a phone person.
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Also, I've found texting more useful if you know the other person can't speak, like if they're at work or class or something.
yes, because everyone should have instant access to communications, no matter how trivial.
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The thing is, you know that average consists of the majority of users never texting and a small percentage sending something like 10,000 messages a month.

Since I am over the age of 14, I almost never text anyone. If I need to talk to someone, I call.

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