OMG! Americans texting less

4:05 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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It may be hard to believe, but text messaging is on the decline.

A new report from a telecommunications analyst says monthly texts fell by 4 percent in the last quarter.

The average person sends 675 messages a month, but it's still down from the previous quarter.

What's behind the trend?

Smartphones, because they're internet-enabled users can use applications that offer messaging services for free like Facebook, Skype and Google Voice. Free texting services are now built into smartphones themselves.

iPhone and Blackberry users can instantly message each other over their data plans, and it's impacting carriers' bottom line.

Text messaging revenues at wireless carriers were down last quarter for the first time in history.

To avoid the financial blow, some carriers have begun to change their business strategies with both AT&T and Verizon introducing shared data plans earlier this year.


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