OK, someone’s thumbs have got to hurt! Verizon Wireless has announced that its customers sent and received more than 10 billion text messages (or SMS messages) last month, a new company record and the highest reported total of any mobile carrier in the United States. In June Verizon Wireless customers also sent and received more than 200 million multimedia messages (MMS), which include picture and video messages.
Both figures represent an increase of more than 100 percent from September in 2006, when Verizon set a company record of five billion monthly text messages!
“We’ve delivered exponential growth in our messaging services for two primary reasons: our innovative devices, such as the enV, that make it easy to text, and our innovative messaging capabilities that allow customers to communicate how they want,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “And we always look for ways to make messaging more fun, social and interactive. In fact, we just became the first — and only — wireless company to offer customers the ability to directly post pictures and videos to places such as Facebook using messaging.”
Well, with more than two-dozen phones that can send and receive text this shouldn’t come as a total surprise. But put another way, according to Verizon: a person would have to send a text message every 15 seconds for the next 4,750 years to reach 10 billion text messages. Even your average teenager doesn’t text that much… yet!