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SingTel SMS Shootout 2005 Unveils Fastest SMS in Singapore

Posted on 13-Dec-2005 23:31 | Filed under: News


The second SingTel SMS Shootout competition has unveiled Singapore’s fastest SMS thumbs. Mr Andy Wong Shun Ping, an 18 year-old junior college student, clocked 45.33 seconds and was the fastest among the 20 finalists. He sends about 800 SMS messages to friends and family members every month.

All 20 finalists in the SingTel SMS Shootout 2005 had to type the set SMS text provided by Guinness, as follows:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

The SMS message had to be correctly typed for the attempt to be recognised. The use of the mobile phone’s predictive text mode or spelling aids was prohibited.

As Champion of the Shootout, Andy won S$25,000 worth of prizes including cash of S$12,000, free subscription to SingTel’s Premium 1500 mobile plan, SingNet BroadBand service, hello! vouchers, a pair of high-end Nokia 3G mobile phones N70 and other attractive prizes worth S$13,000.

The second and third prize winners also won cash, SingTel mobile subscriptions and Nokia mobile phones.

Ms Kimberly Yeo, a Singaporean, currently holds the record of 43.24 seconds in the Guinness World Records. She set her record in the inaugural SingTel SMS Shootout last year, beating the previous record of 67 seconds set by Mr James Trusler from the UK, on 24 September 2003 in Sydney, Australia.