Text Messaging Traffic to Double to 2.3 trillion Messages by 2010

Text messages sent to and from mobile phones will more than double over the next five years to 2.3 trillion messages by 2010, according to a Gartner survey. Some 936 billion SMS (short message service) messages were transmitted in 2005.  Total revenues from text messaging is forecast to grow to $72.5 billion in 2010 from $39.5 billion in 2005.

"By far the most messages will continue to be sent in the Asia Pacific region, where Gartner predicts the level of SMS messages will top 1.8 trillion in 2010," Gartner said. 

"Wireless messaging is the most successful mainstream mobile data service to have emerged during the 30-year history of the cellular telecoms industry," it added. Other wireless messaging services include instant messaging, picture messaging and video messaging. 

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