Today alone I have sent and/or received 40 text messages. What can I say, it's been a pretty light day. Yesterday, I sent/received more than 100. I am just a drop in the bucket, though.
An average of 572 million messages were sent each and every day throughout the second quarter of 2008. That's 342 million more per day than were sent in the second quarter of 2007.
The highest number of messages sent in a single day comes in at 648 million. To put that number in perspective, every mobile phone in North America and Europe combined would have to send one text message to equal 648 million.
What about picture messaging? Is that getting any traction? You betcha. VeriSign reports that MMS rates through June 2008 nearly tripled 2007 delivery rates. "MMS continues to show strong growth both domestically and abroad. In Q2 2008, approximately 331 million MMS messages were sent via the VeriSign Intercarrier MMS network, up from approximately 272 million messages in Q1 2008 and nearly tripling the number of messages from Q1 2007."
At this point, I send so many SMS messages that I've opted for an unlimited bucket of them each month. Such unlimited buckets of text messages have only been around for about a year. I would bet that their availability has something to do with the surge in the number of SMS's being sent around the world.