Report: 6.1 Trillion Text Messages Sent in 2010

Paul Lilly

According to a new study from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), 6.1 trillion text messages will fly through the air by the end of 2010. That means for every second that goes by, another 200,000 text messages will have changed hands.

With that many texts going back and forth, it's a little depressing to think that, according to our rough estimate, 6.0 trillion will be of the "C u l8r 2nite" variety, but that's a rant deserving of its own post. Getting back to ITU's figures, the firm says that 90 percent of the world's population now own a mobile phone, and by the end of 2010, there will be 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions.

Still jonesing for mobile figures? ITU counted over 940 million 3G subscriptions around the world, compared to 72 million back in 2006.

Read the full report here .

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