CWTA: Canadians sent 78 billion text messages in 2011

Ian Hardy

April 12, 2012 4:25pm

Forget all the other forms of mobile messaging, such as BBM or Twitter, Canadians still love to text. An email we received from the CWTA shows that 2011 was a banner year for texting in Canada – a total of 78 billion text messages were sent. This is an increase from 56.4 billion in 2010, or a 27.7% increase.

Last December the CWTA reported that Canadians sent 57 billion text messages during the first 3 quarters, which means that Q4 was huge with 28 billion texts. In December alone there was 7 billion texts, or “approximately 227 million messages per day.” As for picture/video messaging, this stat also increased in 2011 to a total of 326.7 million MMS messages.

Solid stats and sure doesn’t look like texting is going to slow down anytime soon.


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  • Zod

    SMS has the advantage of working on every device. Unlike app specific messaging. Most plans allow unlimited texting anyways. I don’t think its going anywhere.

  • Hjdhjdje

    I only text – no bbm, twitter, fb, whatsup, kik, or any of that crap.

  • darel44

    Its fun,and its the fastest way to communicate,and its way cheaper than voice calls, everyone I know is using it now more than voice calling to save money!

  • James vond

    This news is about as relevant as saying “Canadians used the bathroom 50billion times last year”.