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Cellphone Text Messaging Now Catching On In U.S.

Thursday, 11 August 2005 12:00 AM

About 33 percent of Americans between ages 25 and 34 send text messages regularly, up from 24 percent last year, according to a survey by the technology consulting firm Yankee Group.

One quarter of those between 35 and 44 use text messaging, as do 62 percent of Americans 18 to 24 years old.

But the U.S. still lags behind a number of other countries in text messaging.

Industry experts estimate that American cellphone users sent an average of 203 text messages last year – 37 billion in all – while the average cellphone user in China sent 651.

The use of text messaging is much higher in Europe and Asia in large part because most cellphone users there are charged for each call or message, and text messages generally cost less than voice calls, according to the Journal.

The opposite is true in the U.S. Most American cellphone users are on calling plans that include large bundles of voice minutes and unlimited off-peak and weekend minutes, while there is usually an additional charge to send a text message.

But usage is growing in the U.S. as Americans rely more and more on the speed and efficiency of email and seek a way to utilize it away from their computers.

Users can send text messages to most cellphones and to many computer-based email addresses.

Sprint PC is now encouraging customers to use text messaging by offering unlimited messaging for $10 a month. And Verizon Wireless offers free in-network text messaging to customers with calling plans costing $39.99 per month or more.

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