The value of mobile phone usage with respect to the services it provides has increased gradually. From a device meant for making calls wirelessly, the mobile phone has turned into a smart gadget of sorts. And looks like the Americans just can’t do without their cell phones.
A recent survey by the CTIA – The Wireless Association reports that text messaging has in US has considerably increased with 75 billion messaged reported in the month of June, this year alone. This makes it 2.5 billion messages a day! Plus, cell phones are being used more for purposes like capturing and sending pictures and other multimedia messages, with more than 5.6 billion MMS recorded in the first half of 2008. This amount is equivalent to the number of MMSes sent in the whole year of 2007.
“These statistics prove that wireless service in today’s marketplace means so much more to American consumers than just voice-calls,” said Steve Largent, CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO. “More and more people are using wireless devices to access the Internet, take photos, get directions, watch videos, download music and send text messages. But this is just the beginning. When wireless customers want even more from their handsets and networks, the industry will continue to respond, evolve, innovate, and deliver to meet this growing demand.”
Apparently, the survey has recorded as many as 262 million wireless users. While if you find this as a staggering big bunch of users, then check out these numbers – there were mobile users using up more that 1.12 trillion minutes in the first half of 2008 itself, which is up by 10.9 percent when compared to last year. This trend seems to be raking up a whopping $72 billion of total wireless revenue in the country in just six months.