Lots of Sore Thumbs as New Text Data is Released

By Brian Schultz

TelephoneNew numbers out of the U.S. this week show that text messaging has grown by more than 80% in a 12-month period.

135.2 billion text messages were sent in June 2009, compared to 75 billion for the same month in 2008.

The increase is partially contributed to mobile carriers offering their customers unlimited text and data plans, and the emergence of better phones capable of making texting easier.

While the number of those who text is on the rise, it will likely decrease next year as more states are implementing bans on those who text and drive. Similar laws are in place, or soon to be in many Canadian provinces, including Manitoba.

— With files from CTIA


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