Canada’s text messaging resource centre,, reports that Canadians more than doubled their use of SMS texting services in 2008, sending more than 20.8 billion text messages, compared to a mere 10.1 billion in 2007In fact, 2008 was the sixth consecutive year that Canadian texting activity more than doubled over the year before.

According to the facts and stats page…

Canadians now send over 2.3 billion text messages per month – that’s more than 76 million text messages each day. What’s more, the number of people using text messaging continues to grow, month over month, as does the number of messages sent. estimates that almost half of all wireless service subscribers in Canada send at least one text message per month.

cwta_logo_lrg is an arm of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

2 Responses to Cdn. texting traffic doubled in 2008

  1. Evolving Squid
    Feb 23, 2009

    But is it much ado about nothing? Text messaging may have gone up… but did the number of phone calls go down, and average duration go up?

    I ask, because it seems to me that text messaging might be supplanting the 30 second “hey, meet me here” kind of calls that were so commonplace not many years ago.

  2. Eric Jacksch
    Feb 24, 2009

    I hope so! I jush wish they’d find a way to offer SMS in place of voicemail 🙂

    I had an interesting chat with a very net-savy PR-type yesterday who prefers Twitter to email or telephone. Her reasons: Say what you have to say in 140 characters.

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