March 23 2010|03.17 PM UTC

Erik Chang

1.5 Trillion Text Messages Sent in the United States in 2009

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Get this. During 2009, more than 1.5 trillion text messages — that’s with a t — were sent on wireless carriers’ networks. Along with the massive amount of SMS messages, MMS messages were also being heavily utilized, with more than 24.2 billion MMS being sent in 2009, according to a release today by the Wireless Association. By the 1.5 trillion text message count, we’re now amounting to almost 5 billion messages per day in the United States.

Some other interesting facts from the Wireless Association’s semi-annual industry survey:

  • The industry recorded more than 285 million wireless connections.
  • Wireless connections now equal to more than 91 percent of U.S. population.
  • Wireless carriers are of course now reaping the benefits ($$$) from the increase in SMS/MMS services.  Wireless data service revenues increased 25.7% from the last half of 2008 to reach the healthy amount of $22 billion in revenue for the last half of 2009.
  • Wireless customers used more than 1.12 trillion minutes in the last half of 2009, up a whopping 38 billion from the last half of 2008, breaking it down to 6.1 billion minutes-of-use-per day (seriously what are we all talking about?).
  • Wireless service revenues for the last half of 2009 ramped up to almost $77 billion, up a tiny bit from last year’s amount of $75 billion in the last half of 2008.

It’s a little bit incredible when you compare the wireless service revenue amount ($77 billion) to data service revenue amount ($22 billion).  All those text messages, emails, videos, and app downloads are definitely paying off (for the wireless carriers anyway).

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