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Brits send 60 bn text and set new record

Britons sent 4000 texts (opens in new tab) per second in September 2007 according to figures from the Mobile Data Association.

The MDA expects that more than 52 billion texts will be sent for 2007, well in excess of their top estimates.

The growth in text communication is partly due to the fact that companies are now seeing it as an effective way of communicating with their customers.

Barclays Bank for example sends emails to its customers each time money gets out of their current account, which means that they can stop any suspicious transaction in a matter of minutes.

Furthermore, mobile phone users are encouraged to use their mobile phones (and their texting capabilities) as a payment gateway (for example to pay for parking in Westminster), to participate in games, or to keep in touch with latest news.

The MDA figures (opens in new tab) however do not shed light on how much money texts bring in for the Telecommunications sector.

MDA chairman Mike Short said: "The UK text volumes show no real signs of abating and the UK sits within the top six of the global league of countries sending text messages.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.