Posted on 27-Nov-2003 23:32.
Filed under: News
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) announced today that Canadians sent more than 32 million person-to-person text messages during the month of September 2003. This represents a tripling in monthly usage in the 18 months since the April 2002 launch of North America’s first inter-carrier text messaging network by Canada’s wireless carriers.
“The industry is extremely excited about how Canadians are increasingly adding text messaging to their choices for instant and inexpensive ways to communicate,” said CWTA President & CEO Peter Barnes. “In addition to this one million milestone for person-to-person text messages, we are seeing a rapid deployment of text messaging programs using common short codes, such as TV and radio voting, contests and other interactive campaigns.”
Inter-carrier text messaging allows wireless phone users to send and receive text messages to and from other wireless phone customers by simply addressing those messages to recipients’ 10-digit mobile phone numbers regardless of the wireless service provider they use. The participating wireless service providers are Aliant Mobility, Bell Mobility, Microcell Solutions (Fido), MTS Mobility, NorthernTel Mobility, Rogers AT&T Wireless, SaskTel Mobility, Télébec Mobilité and TELUS Mobility.
Total wireless subscribers in Canada now number almost 13 million – approximately 43 per cent of the population. By 2005, more than half of all Canadians will be mobile phone customers.