Almost 200,000 SMSs sent every second: ITU

The popularity of text messaging has tripled in 3 years as 200,000 SMSs are being sent every second, says UN agency.

Afp October 19, 2010

GENEVA: The popularity of text messaging has leapt three-fold in the past three years, with almost 200,000 text messages sent globally every second, the UN telecommunications agency said Tuesday.

A total of 1.8 trillion SMSs were sent in 2007, but in 2010, the number sent has jumped to 6.1 trillion, said the International Telecommunication Union.

This translates to revenues of 14,000 dollars (10,050 euros) every second and 812,000 dollars every minute, said the agency.

Users in the Philippines and the United States were among the most prolific, accounting for 35 percent of all text messages sent in 2009.

Texting tops with US teens

Market tracker Nielsen Co. on Thursday released data that showed how popular short messaging services (SMSs) are becoming, especially with US teenagers.

"If it seems like American teens are texting all the time, it's probably because on average they're sending or receiving 3,339 texts a month," Nielsen said in a release accompanying a study based on monthly mobile phone bills.

Mobile phone users ages 18 to 24 years old were a distant second place, typically exchanging 1,630 text messages monthly or a "meager" three texts per hour, Nielsen said.


Syed A. Mateen | 13 years ago | Reply I hate receiving unwanted text messages sent by unknown cell phone users presuming that probably my cell number belongs to a girl and I may respond to their indecent text messages. Though SMS has provided solace to the people, but its wrong use has now become cumbersome. The majority of text messages senders seem to be the one educated in peelay schools, as people send text messages in broken Urdu language typed in English.
Faisal Arshad | 13 years ago | Reply @ Javaid Khan: 100% agreed... texting has turned out to be a menace especially in the younger population. The costs of sms package outweighs its benefits..its really a nuisance at times as filtering the forward msgs from those important ones becomes an arduous task.. network operators and other stakeholders must put a check on its excessive use..
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