The Death of SMS? WhatsApp Users Send 10 Billion Messages in One Day

TechnoBuffalo The Death of SMS? WhatsApp Users Send 10 Billion Messages in One Day

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Talk about a lot of sore thumbs: WhatsApp recently announced that its users sent more than 10 billion messages in one day. The company said there were a total of 4 billion inbound messages and 6 billion messages sent through the service on Aug. 23. That’s an incredible figure, although we’re scratching out heads wondering why the two figures aren’t even – we suppose group messaging could make up for that rift.

If you’re unfamiliar with the service, WhatsApp requires a data plan and costs $0.99 but does not charge on a per-message basis. On the surface it might sound like good news for carriers who want to rope consumers into data plans, but applications such as WhatsApp pull a lot of cash away from users who would otherwise be paying for text messaging plans. The service was originally compared to BlackBerry Messenger and was quickly adopted due to its cross-platform support. There are a few competitors, such as the Skype-owned GroupMe service and Beluga (now part of Facebook), but WhatsApp appears to remain the most used option.

I still prefer GroupMe for group texting because I like a few options it offers that WhatsApp doesn’t, such as the ability to share my location, but still use WhatsApp frequently to stay in touch with friends around the globe. I frequently message my former roommate from Singapore, for example, without having to worry about paying insane international texting fees.

In any case, congrats WhatsApp.

[via TheNextWeb]

http://www.technobuffalo.com/software/apps/the-death-of-sms-whatsapp-users-send-10-billion-messages-in-one-day/

BBC News – Are we addicted to smartphones?

New research suggests we are a nation addicted to smartphones.

More than half of adults and two thirds of teenagers say they have used their smartphone while socialising with others.

Nearly a quarter of adults and a third of teenagers have used them during mealtimes and over a fifth of adults admitted using or answering their handset in the bathroom.

The research found that the line between work and social time is also becoming increasingly blurred with 30% of smartphone users saying they regularly take personal calls during working hours and work calls while they are on holiday.

James Thickett, Director of Research with the media regulator Ofcom says this is has affected the type of contracts that phone companies offer.

via BBC News – Are we addicted to smartphones?.

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Apple iPad now used for 1% of all browsing – leaving Android rivals in the dust | Technology | guardian.co.uk

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Apple iPad now used for 1% of all browsing – leaving Android rivals in the dust

Figures from Net Applications measuring visitors to web sites suggest that the iPad is more than 50 times more popular than its nearest Android rival

via Apple iPad now used for 1% of all browsing – leaving Android rivals in the dust | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

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