NYT: “Free Texts Pose Threat to Carriers”

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This article gives a good overview of the current disruption in the mobile messaging space, and has some juicy stats:

  • More than two trillion text messages are sent each year in the United States
  • US texting generates more than $20 billion in revenue for the wireless industry
  • Verizon Wireless generates as much as $7 billion a year in revenue from texting & texting brings in about a third of the operating income
  • BBM is the stickiest feature of the BlackBerry experience, even more than e-mail
  • Apple devices account only for 5 percent of the texting traffic sent each year
  • Pinger, says it has 19 million members in the Unites States alone. It has handled more than 15 billion text messages since it began offering its service in 2009