Another SMS bitlet

Mr. FoRK fork_list@hotmail.com
Fri, 30 Nov 2001 22:27:07 -0800


$210B from SMS? Does it deliver crack or something? Short Methamphetamine
Service?

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http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,44205,00.html

SMS, the service that lets people send and receive messages of up to 160
characters on their mobile phones, generated $3.6 billion in revenue for
European carriers last year, according to Ovum. The market research firm
expects carriers worldwide to rake in $210 billion from SMS in 2004.

About 20 billion SMS messages are sent monthly throughout the world,
researchers say. SMS is like instant messaging, except you can't tell
whether a person is "online."

One reason it's so popular in Europe and Asia is because it's usually
cheaper to send a message than to actually talk on a cell phone. Another
reason is that the technical standards that allow message transmissions are
more uniform than they are in the United States.