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Text Message Usage Declines

Text messages decline as app-based messenger usage soars

November 12th, 2012

It was only a few years ago that people started to call each other less and send text messages at an ever increasing rate. But according to Chetan Sharma Consulting, text messaging traffic and revenues decreased for the first time in the third 2012. The mobile market research firm says “the decline is primarily due to …

Pew: Adults still prefer voice calls to text messages

September 20th, 2011

American adults still prefer communicating by voice over sending and receiving text messages according to a recent survey conducted by The Pew Research Center. Pew surveyed 2,277 Americans ages 18 and older between April 26th and May 22nd of this year, and found that nearly three-quarters of them send and receive text messages. Despite the …

Sprint to provide free calling, text messaging to Japan

March 14th, 2011

In an email correspondence with blog Phone Scoop earlier today, Sprint confirmed that it too would provide its customers with free calling and text messaging to Japanese phone lines. The news comes just hours after both AT&T and Verizon Wireless announced similar policies for both their wireless and wireline subscribers. Although the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier — …

Woman uses Galaxy S, SWYPE to break text messaging world record

August 23rd, 2010

A U.K. woman armed with a Samsung Galaxy S running the SWYPE keyboard has broken the Guinness World Record for text messaging. The 27-year old managed to swipe out the phrase: “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human,” in …

chatr, Rogers' unlimited talk and text brand, gets official

June 30th, 2010

Did we nail it or what? Today Rogers announced the creation of chatr, the low-cost wireless brand we exclusively told you about last week. Created to serve what Rogers calls a “niche” market that is not currently served by its flagship and value brands Rogers Wireless and Fido, chatr will offer no contract voice and …

Amazon makes a Peek Pronto offer you can’t refuse: lifetime service

September 29th, 2009

Remember when we announced the Peek Pronto and how funny it was that anyone would even consider a messaging-only device? Who would possibly want that in the company of BlackBerrys and iPhones? Well, Amazon has struck up a deal that some may find to be pretty hard to pass up: lifetime service with no monthly …

Google adds SMS to chat, 4 rl

December 11th, 2008

Google rarely sends new features out into the wild before they are ready for prime time, despite the fact that it stamps just about everything with “beta”, but SMS via chat was something that apparently had one too many hiccups out of the gate. Google first announced SMS integration back in October but ran into …