January 13, 2014
OMG! Number of UK text messages falls for first time
After two decades in which texting transformed the English language, turned reality show voting into a national event and earned billions for mobile operators, the number of messages sent in Britain fell for the first time last year, reports The Guardian.
As a new generation of smartphone owners turn to internet-based instant message services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, research shows the volume of old-fashioned texts sent last year is estimated to have fallen by 7bn to 145bn.
The head of telecoms research at Deloitte, Paul Lee, said: "This is the first decline in texting in the UK since texting was invented. We have reached a tipping point. But the usage of mobile phones to send messages is stronger than ever. This year, trillions of instant messages will be sent in place of a text message.
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