SMS is exploding and it’s 17 years old.

Posted: February 10, 2010 in All News

In September alone 12 million Canadians sent just under 3 billion text messages. That was according to official figures released by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, (CWTA).

The CWTA also revealed the popularity of commercial SMS programs in Canada.

In the third quarter of 2009, a total of 433 million commercial text messages were sent and received. This is a sharp increase from quarter two, which saw 356 million messages being sent and received from short code programs.

Text messaging volumes have also boomed in other countries with the most notable growth being witnessed in the USA.

According to the CTIA, between 2005 and 2009, the number of monthly text messages sent by US users has jumped from 7.2 billion to 135.2 billion messages.

Text messaging has been around since 1992 and has become a cultural phenomenon around the World. If you would like to find out more about SMS click here.

Canada continues to see text messaging volumes increase with the latest figures reporting that 12 million Canadians sent 3 Billion text messages back in September alone.

The figures released by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, (CWTA), also reveal for the first time the popularity of commercial text messaging programs.

In the third quarter of 2009, a total of 433 Million commercial text messages. This is a sharp increase from quarter two, which saw 356 Million messages being sent in to short code programs.

One reason for the growth in SMS usage is better consumer education at retail, which is helping a wider demographic adopt SMS as a method of communication. Smartphones are also aiding the SMS boom and its evolution through app based messaging products.

Text messaging volumes have also increased globally with the most notable growth being witnessed in the USA. According to the CTIA, between 2005 and 2009, the number of monthly text messages sent by mobile users has jumped from 7.2 Billion to 135.2 Billion messages.

Text messaging is also can no longer be seen as a fashion fad and not just popular with teens. SMS (or Short Message Service), has been around since 1992 and turns 17 this year. Those early users are now well into their late thirties. If you would like to find out more about SMS click here.

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