It’s hard to believe but it has been just over 19 years since the first text message was sent from a computer to a mobile phone, and 18 years since the first phones were produced that allowed people to send text messages to one another. These days, text messaging is so common and widespread (especially among the younger generation) that it is hard to think of a time when it did not exist.
With text messaging, language has evolved as well. Who hasn’t heard of LOL, a word which has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (and which doesn’t mean Lots of Love, as some people think).
Let us know what you think of the infographic. How often do you text? Do you text more than you phone? Give us all your text-related comments and opinions in the comments section below. ROTFL! Cya!
TextNow is the world’s leading FREE and UNLIMITED texting and calling solution for the iOS platform. Leading the mobile industry in rich features and server technology, this year TextNow introduced some of the most exciting enhancements the mobile communication world has ever seen!
Some of these improvements include:
Free Calling for All TextNow Users – Earn Credits or Place Ad-Supported Calls
A Beautifully Redesigned iPad App- Now with Free Calling
A Free Phone Number for Every User
Local Canadian Phone Numbers with a Huge Selection of Area Codes
Launch of TextNow.com – Sign into your TextNow Account Anywhere!
A Rebuild of our Server Technologies to Make TextNow Even More Reliable
All of these enhancements have been made with our users in mind – We want to make your experience with TextNow more enjoyable and even richer. Not only do we appreciate the loyalty and all of the feedback that our users have shown, we promise to continue to listen to everything you have to say and in turn provide any and all improvements and enhancements where possible!
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As mobile phones have become an everyday accessory (and practical necessity), their capabilities have gone beyond calling to allow for options like texting, emailing, internet surfing and more. Have you ever sat at a stoplight and counted the number of drivers talking on their cell phones? Now consider the number of drivers that are taking their eyes off the road to text – Continue reading →
A world record is defined as the best global performance ever recorded in any verified skill or sport. These achievements often range from the best and worst human achievements, to extremes in the natural world and beyond. Recently we heard that the someone had broken the world record for fastest texting and we got an idea…
Why not invite YOU, The TextNow Nation, to try and break the record yourselves – And then we thought, why not give away an iPod touch while were at it!
To break the world record, Guinness requires you to text the following phrase in 25.94 seconds or less:
“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.”
So do you have what it takes – Are you ready for the fame, fortune and glory of being a world record holder?
Create a video of you typing the phrase above in the TextNow application. Post the video on YouTube and name it “TextNow’s Fastest Texter – Record Breaking Attempt”. * NOTE: Please make sure there is some sort of stop watch in your video so that we can keep track of the time!
Share the video with your friends and family – The video with the most views by December 20th will win a Brand New iPod Touch!
You can also enter the fastest texter giveaway for 5000 TextNow credits by posting your video on the TextNow facebook page. These Credits can be used to both unlock TextNow enhancements as well as place ad-free phone calls.
That’s it! So what are you waiting for?! - Go break a world record!
If you think you have beaten the record, please contact Guinness World Records. All officially recognized Guinness World Records attempts start by completing and submitting an application accessible HERE.
Please visit Guinness World Records Web site in order to receive record guidelines and other important record-specific information.
Frank Radice, the former president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and now a media consultant, is a compulsive texter. But after racking up more than $1,000 in texting charges on a monthly mobile phone bill two years ago, he began searching for a less expensive way to communicate. WHOA! -NY Times
Perhaps the most frustrating bills to deal with, our mobile phone bills have becoming an increasing pain in our “you know whats.” It’s common knowledge that carrier prices are continually increasing and resulting so, its almost impossible to feel good about spending that increasing chunk of your monthly income on this everyday service.
What you may not know is that a text message only costs a carriers less than one penny to route between mobile phones. However, on our end we find some carriers charging us as much as 20 cents to send a text and another 20 cents to receive one. In her article on Texting Apps Kate Murphy of the NY Times estimates that these fees adds up to an incredible $20 billion a year in revenue for the wireless industry. In turn this has created a great deal frustration from consumers who feel abused by the absurd prices.
Fortunately for us, we no longer have to pay these silly texting fees. With TextNow we avoid these monthly text message fees and even more excitingly, can now make FREE phone calls to anyone in Canada or the United States! TextNow also offers free access to accounts online at http://www.TextNow.com where conversations from a device can be continued seamlessly.
Let’s get a little mathy for a minute shall we? I promise I’ll keep it simple. We’ve calculated that a single text message sent via a TextNow uses approximately 160 bytes of data and that most of our cellphone data plans range between 2 and 10 gigabytes of useage per month (one gigabyte is about a billion bytes) costing about $20-$100 respectively. Given those figures and using the TextNow application, we could send 12,500,000 messages per every 2 gigabytes of data used. That seems like more than enough to me and I text with the best of them. Now lets say we were to pay for each of those messages at the generic carrier rate of 20 cents a message – we would be looking at a bill somewhere in the realm of $2,500,000! – Whoa! Let’s avoid that one shall we!
In the end, it just doesn’t make sense to pay carriers for text messaging fees when we can use TextNow instead. If you haven’t yet, be a little cliché and jump on the band wagon already! Get TextNow and stop wasting your money!