Is Text Messaging Disappearing or Merely Declining?

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In the midst of the changing and evolving demands for data usage, market reports revealed the chilling news that the use of text messaging is declining. Just last year, when the text messaging technology turned its 20th year in the market, the US Data Market Update Q3 2012 revealed that the decline in the use of text messaging for netspysoftware in the market is slowly progressing. Although some mobile analysts find the 3% decline insignificant last year, just how significant is it today in 2013? Here are some of the revealing facts that you might find helpful in understanding this current market trend in text messaging.

Text messaging is taking a steady dip

Wireless companies are experiencing a significant blow in their text messaging market. The big players like Verizon and AT&T however do not experience such a big blow and they still enjoy a healthy profit from their business although it may not be as profitable as it used to be. Business owners are still among the many loyal users of text messaging however there remains to be a decline in the number of messages sent by their regular customers. The steady dip in the text messaging usage is viewed to be affected as well by the increasing number of users of social media sites that offer instant messaging feature like the Facebook chat in addition to the other instant messaging apps that you can download on Smartphones. This most significant impact of the decline in the text messaging usage is undeniably to the disadvantage of wireless carriers that received big revenues from their text messaging services. They have lost the potential profit from text messages as more people are buying Smartphones these days.

Text messaging is not extinct – It is merely evolving

Text messaging is actually not extinct. Mobile analysts like to categorize the decline as one of a transitional process where people are getting more tech savvy of using other modern forms of text messaging like the use iMessage, Skype, WhatApp, BBM, Viber and Jaxtr SMS as among other mobile instant messaging applications. The traditional text messaging that mobile users send from their cell phones merely take a new form of technology. From paid SMS, text messaging evolved as a free text internet based services.

Instant Message Apps as the culprit

Mobile users these days have been too engrossed in using instant messaging apps. These mobile applications are often internet based and free of charge. These free text messaging services are enticingly for grabs among mobile users. RIM for instance offers BBM as its instant messaging app which is popularly used by corporations and is available for both Android and iOS Smartphones. Apple also has its own instant messaging called the iMessage which allows iOS users to send text messages, place a call and exchange links, files and photos without an extra cost among Apple device users. Skype and Viber are also popular internet based free call and text services that a mobile user can avail. These instant messaging apps are actually killing the text messaging market on one hand and takes instant messaging to a modern technology that is more beneficial to the mobile users in terms of accessibility and costs.


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