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Text message boom over festive period

New Year's Day sets new SMS record

The number of text messages sent over the festive period yet again set records alight. A massive 102 million messages were sent in just one day, according to figures from the Mobile Data Association.

The total number of person-to-person text messages sent across all four GSM networks during the period from Midnight on 31 December to midnight on 1 January was 102 million, a 59 percent increase on the same period last year and more than two times the 2002 daily average.

"Most people see text messages as a warm and personal way to greet their friends and loved ones on special occasions. The use of text is also expanding into things like picture messaging as people explore the range of mobile messaging services that become available," said Mike Short, chairman of the MDA and vice president of mobile phone firm O2.

Although the MDA has not yet released its SMS figures for the whole of December 2002, they are expected to be well in excess of the 1.5 billion messages sent throughout November.


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