text messages

  • OMG! Americans luv 2 txt, sent over 1 Trillion msgs in 2008


    On Wednesday, CTIA – The Wireless Association released its Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey results for 2008. According to the Survey, Americans sent over 1 Trillion text messages in 2008, almost triple the number (363 million) from 2007. That works out to roughly 3.5 billion txts per day, or almost 13 messages per wireless user (the survey reports that there are “more than… Read More

  • The other football: Fox Soccer Channel starts text message alert service

    Starting tomorrow, Fox Soccer Channel boldly enters the year 2004, figuring out this whole “text message thing.” The channel, of which I’m a huge fan, will start a text message service that will remind fans of upcoming matches, team news, etc. It’s your standard sports news service, but one tailored to FSC’s niche. Imagine things like “Don’t miss Inter v. Read More

  • 13-year-old girl sends 14,528 text messages in a single month

    Man alive! This young lady sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in a single month, embarrassing her entire family, yes, but giving the New York Post the opportunity to use “lol” and “omg” in its story. It’s a great paper, really. The girl, 13-year-old Reina, from California, sent the texts during her winter break because she was “bored.” Reading a… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to implement $0.03 charge for certain text messages

    Either Verizon Wireless is hurting for money or there’s a guy there who’s job it is to aggravate the blogosphere. Get this: the company is set to charge a $0.03 (three cents) levy per text message sent to its customers. Now, this only affects companies and services—iPhone users won’t be asked to cough up the $0.03 when they text their VZW buddies, for example. Think of… Read More

  • iPhone flaw could expose your text messages to others

    There’s a flaw in the way the iPhone (with the latest firmware, mind you) handles supposedly secure text messages. Here, a secure text message is one that says something along the lines of, “You have a new text message” when it initially flashes across the screen. Insecure text messages are, “Hey, dude, are we still going to get smashed later tonight?” (Yes.) When… Read More

  • Annoy your friends by sending a fake Obama vice-president text message

    Want to annoy your friends today? Go to any of those Web sites (or your provider’s own text messaging page) that allow you to send a text message, then send a message saying Barack Obama has chosen *someone* to be his vice-president. The fun part, I guess, comes if you put someone that will particularly aggravate your friends. So, if they hate Hillary (I can’t imagine why!)… Read More

  • Man lands airplane via text messages

    A small airplane in Ireland suddenly found itself in a dilly of a pickle of a jam when it "lost all onboard electrical power, communications and weather radar soon after take-off from Kerry airport," according to The Irish Times. The twin-engine Piper contained a pilot and four passengers. The pilot was unable to make contact with the nearest air traffic control tower, so he tried… Read More

  • European Union considers lowering the price of text messages

    The European Union could do away with the high cost of text messages, something that’s near and dear to our hearts. The telecommunications commissioner there, Viviane Reding, wants to lower the rate that EU citizens pay for texts while roaming in different countries. She’s said that they should only have to pay between €0.11 and €0.15 per text while roaming, and only €0.034… Read More

  • Police want you to send in crime tips using text messages

    Police departments in the U.S. are increasingly relying upon text message tips to catch bad guys. Boston started doing this a year ago and has received 678 tips. These tips have helped take numerous bites out of various crimes, including vandalism and murder. One thing that concerns me is the possible abuse of such a system. Say Popular Girl A doesn’t like Popular Girl B: why not send in… Read More

  • AT&T's text messages cost $1,310 per megabyte

    Check out the prices for a text message plan on AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone 3G in the United States. AT&T wants twenty cents ($0.20) per text message if you don’t sign up for a plan. A text message is nothing more than 160 bytes of data. The max is 160 characters, and one character equals one byte of data. Great. Again, AT&T is charging you twenty cents for… Read More

  • Cellphone spam got you down? Try these steps

    The New York Times’ David Pogue is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore without publicly complaining it. It seems Mr. Pogue and his better half have been getting cellphone spam as of late, something they don’t particularly want. What to do? Depending on your wireless provider, there’s several things you can do about cellphone spam. AT&T users can log into… Read More