Britons sending 1bn texts weekly

The Mobile Data Association has announced that Britons are now sending more than one billion text messages per week, 25% more than a year ago and equivalent to the number sent during the whole year of 1999. Approximately 4,825 billion texts (~4,000 every second) were sent in September 2007. Mike Short, head of the MDA estimates that the total for 2007 will reach 52 billion and believes the number is so large because texting is "convenient, comprehensive, it's on every handset and network and it is cost effective. The UK text volumes show no real signs of abating and the UK sits within the top six of the global league of countries sending text messages. While the trend towards operators offering 'all-you-can-eat' tariffs increases, this will act as a catalyst for consumers' passion for all things mobile."

News source: BBC News

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Well my brother is the Captain of his University rugby team and as he has unlimited messages he sends everything to the team via SMS as they will get it straight away witout the hassle of email. He sends a lot of messages; 30 team members, couple of messages a day... He gets into the thousands.

I just think TXT's are not worth 10P, it's like sending a short email, you don't pay 10p to send every email...

I always fill up to the maximum characters to get my money's worth, because I read ages ago that phone providers make 9P profit on every text sent.

LOL! My flat mate does about 6000 *EVERY* month - 200 a day!! He has a full time job and still manages to do it somehow! (Talks to a LOT of women)

He has unlimited texts with Orange so his bill is about £35-40 a month

Am I the only person in England, under forty years of age, who doesn't own a mobile phone then? I can't stand the things.

You mean 4.825 billion not 4,825 billion. I know some countries use commas as decimal markers, but it's confusing here! Big difference between 4 billion and 4 trillion...

No need, text messages are one of the most profitable things in the world, they cost a fraction of a pence to send and they chrarge around 12 pence to you.

Yeah they make a fortune from text messages.

At 12p a message it works out at about £750 per 1MB of SMS data. 6,250 messages, assuming a text message is 160 characters/bytes.

That is an insane amount

wow... that companies are making big numbers with texting. I believe that are dying to get a hand on internet and do the same, heh. Wonder how long till that happend (when the us start taxing the internet?)

Do you know what is on a mobile phone besides texts? I hear they include actual phones now. I wonder what that'd be like, a mobile phone that is used as a phone, and not as a crappy keyboard.

Yes my mobile has a Divx player on it, were not in 1990 now :P

Not everyone can afford to be calling people on other mobile networks at like 25p a min, txts are free depending on your network.. even if there not free i bet there cheaper.

I actually prefer text messaging over telephone calls. Phone calls are obtrusive and interrupt what I'm doing. When I receive a text message it is direct, to the point, and I can read/respond on my own time. Phone calls also have a lot of small talk which is really a waist of time when all you want to say is 'will be at the pub at 6, you should come too' or whatever.

My phone actually has a full keyboard on it, and I can type pretty fast on it.

What gets me is the fact that text messaging costs more than phone calls. How can a 100 character text message use more bandwidth than a 5 minute phone call on an all digital network? Text messaging should be cheaper.

Here in Portugal there are 5.7 Million text message users. The AVERAGE is about 66 per week or 9 per day. But people between 15 and 24 send on average 22 per day.

Here we have pre-paid plans that offer 1500 free text messages per week! I think that is due to the fact that we were one of the first countries to use text messages frequently.

Evil Cretin said,
yeh - our british billion is a silly illogical number and i'm glad no-one actually uses it nowadays :P

We have a term for a thousand millions and that's miliard, it's just that people got the term wrong for so long that "billion" seems to have replaced it, in much the same way that Megabyte is used in place of Mebibyte almost everywhere.

But I guess that's because MiB was invented AFTER "megabyte" was already used? To clarify?

In spanish we say "a thousand million". A spanish billion would have an extra zero :P

We have a term for a thousand millions and that's miliard

I am 25 and almost always lived in the UK, I have never heard anyone use billion as to mean anything other than a thousand million, and I've never heard milliard (which you spelled wrong anyway) used at all.

winmoose said,

I am 25 and almost always lived in the UK, I have never heard anyone use billion as to mean anything other than a thousand million, and I've never heard milliard (which you spelled wrong anyway) used at all.

I apologise for missing out a single letter, I wont ever do it again, please forgive me.

winmoose said,

I am 25 and almost always lived in the UK, I have never heard anyone use billion as to mean anything other than a thousand million, and I've never heard milliard (which you spelled wrong anyway) used at all.


I'm not supprised; its not a term you'd normally find used as the number is so large; and billion is shorter to say if you're talking about an abstractly large number. But I think long scale number systems are still better. To me, one billion means 1,000,000,000,000.

I'm not supprised; its not a term you'd normally find used as the number is so large; and billion is shorter to say if you're talking about an abstractly large number. But I think long scale number systems are still better. To me, one billion means 1,000,000,000,000.

I actually use the terms billion and trillion all the time, it has been decades (literally) since a billion was taught in schools to mean 1,000,000,000,000.

I apologise for missing out a single letter, I wont ever do it again, please forgive me.

Its an uncommon word, most people won't recognise it, so its helpful to see it correctly the first time.