Canadians sent 96.5 billion text messages in 2012

Ian Hardy

May 6, 2013 11:03am

The CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) announced today that Canadians sent a total of 96.5 billion text messages in 2012, up from 78 billion messages in 2011 (increase of about 12%). This number would be well above the 100 billion mark if it included BBM, iMessage, or any of the other messaging services such as WhatsApp.

Specifically in Q4, Canadians sent a total of 25 billion texts, representing an average of over 270 million texts per day. In addition, picture and video messaging (MMS) is also on the rise. In 2012 Canadians sent 637 million messaging, up from 327 million sent in 2011.

Source: txt

  • Netguru

    Correction: 96.5 billion is a 23.7% increase, not 12%. Seems you can’t do math either. And do not censor this comment!

  • Nadefrenzy

    I credit the new entrants. It’s because of them “unlimited texting” and “unlimited picture & video messaging” are now economical addons.

    I also credit Robellus for their hideous voice plans for this.

  • Anonymous501

    SMS still has the advantage of being the one method that everyone can receive a message on their phone. Now that most plans include unlimited texting, there’s no real need to try out 3rd party programs (although there are many companies trying to push out their own messaging platform, but always fall short, because everyone would need to use the same program to be worthwhile).

  • Norman Fong

    Sorry guys, the first billion is from me sending messages to win mobilesyrup contests.