Mobile Messaging Use Increasing in U.S.

For about two years now I’ve been actively using text messaging on my mobile phone. While the stories continue about how Americans aren’t using text messaging, a funny thing has happened: they have started using text messaging. A new study shows that nearly 50% of young adults in the US are using text messaging features on their phones. While people have plenty of opinions on why it was so slow to catch on, there are two simple reasons that suggest why it’s finally taking off: the first is the ability to message across carriers. Most people have no clue what wireless carrier their friends use, so it’s quite a show stopper to not know if your message is going to get through most of the time. The second is pricing. Over the past two years, the carriers have continued to tweak and change their pricing models to make them much more reasonable (especially for young adults on a tight budget).

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