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Old 29-04-2013, 10:31
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Chat Apps have overtaken text messages for the first time.
Instant messaging on chat apps, such as WhatsApp, has overtaken the traditional SMS text message for the first time, according to research firm Informa.Informa said almost 19 billion messages were sent per day on chat apps in 2012, compared with 17.6 billion SMS texts.The shift is likely to have a big impact on mobile operators, for whom texts have been a key revenue source.Pamela Clark-Dickson of Informa said some operators were already "seeing a decline in their messaging revenues".According to separate estimates by research firm Ovum, more than $23bn (15bn) of SMS revenue was lost in 2012 due to popularity of chat apps.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22334338
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Old 29-04-2013, 10:35
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I did use Whatsapp more than text for a while but it became so unreliable i gave up on it and went back to texts. I sometimes use Facebook chat to speak to people.
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Old 29-04-2013, 10:52
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I really don't understand why people would use a App like that. SMS is so easy and these days even on PAYG, you get so many free.

I get unlimited text, but not unlimited data, so why would I want to use my data instead of my text? also as been said in the article, every mobile phone accepts text.
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Old 29-04-2013, 11:13
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I really don't understand why people would use a App like that. SMS is so easy and these days even on PAYG, you get so many free.

I get unlimited text, but not unlimited data, so why would I want to use my data instead of my text? also as been said in the article, every mobile phone accepts text.
Because you are assuming everyone gets unlimited texts. I get unlimited data but not unlimited texts. Messaging apps are just as easy as SMS.
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Old 29-04-2013, 12:13
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There's a lot of apps now which allows you to talk to some people that you know and even to people that you don't know. But SMS/text messaging is still the best and easy to access.
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Old 29-04-2013, 12:17
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I send normal sms but save whats app for picture msgs
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Old 29-04-2013, 12:20
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I've never bothered with whatsapp and just use SMS. I know quite a few of my friends use WA but not all, so unless there's some clever Imessage style integration, I'll just keep using SMS....
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:28
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It has certainly grown with people using these types of applications specially with people with large data amounts. BBM is also a massive one lets be honest. It honestly depends on the prson but the advantage of the apps is that it is cheaper and also world wide.
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:42
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I really don't understand why people would use a App like that. SMS is so easy and these days even on PAYG, you get so many free.

I get unlimited text, but not unlimited data, so why would I want to use my data instead of my text? also as been said in the article, every mobile phone accepts text.
You can use it with your wifi !
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:45
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I send normal sms but save whats app for picture msgs
Same here but my wife and her friends plan nights out etc on it.
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:45
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I really don't understand why people would use a App like that. SMS is so easy and these days even on PAYG, you get so many free.

I get unlimited text, but not unlimited data, so why would I want to use my data instead of my text? also as been said in the article, every mobile phone accepts text.
You get 1 unlimited text? A slight dichotomy if you ask me.
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:48
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I have heard that Google are developing something along the lines of iMessage and I guess you will be able to use it on any OS and may even be integrated into Android?
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Old 29-04-2013, 13:59
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I still prefer SMS. I don't need to know anything about the person I'm sending a message to except that they have a mobile phone. It is also very reliable, and I never use all my monthly allowance.

I installed WA and had it for a few weeks, then uninstalled it. I kept forgetting it was there and sent SMS messages to everyone anyway.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:13
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I have heard that Google are developing something along the lines of iMessage and I guess you will be able to use it on any OS and may even be integrated into Android?
yep. well there's already Google Talk, which is built in to all Android phones, but plans are afoot for a more integrated messaging app, likely to combine Talk, Google+, Gmail etc. Probably going to be unveiled in a couple of weeks at the big Google conference
https://developers.google.com/events/io/
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:28
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Been using Whatsapp to communicate with my girlfriend who's in the USA for a month for work, it has saved us a good 100 or so! We'd use it when she gets back but both have unlimited texts so little point really.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:37
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I've got unlimited texts (although I have to pay for MMS which I have only just found out!) but still use Viber all the time, I find it so much easier for chatting.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:40
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Because you are assuming everyone gets unlimited texts. I get unlimited data but not unlimited texts. Messaging apps are just as easy as SMS.
Even if not unlimited most people get a fair bit. even vodafone Freedom pack gives you 300 of the things. that is a lot of texting.


True, some people may use more than that and then I suppose a chat app is useful.

Never tried a messaging app, but I doubt it is as easy as to use as SMS.



There's a lot of apps now which allows you to talk to some people that you know and even to people that you don't know. But SMS/text messaging is still the best and easy to access.
Why would i want to chat with people I don't know? i know I do on Forums, but that is a different thing.


You can use it with your wifi !
True, but no good if I am not at home.


You get 1 unlimited text? A slight dichotomy if you ask me.
Texts, don't sound right for some reason.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:42
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yep. well there's already Google Talk, which is built in to all Android phones, but plans are afoot for a more integrated messaging app, likely to combine Talk, Google+, Gmail etc. Probably going to be unveiled in a couple of weeks at the big Google conference
https://developers.google.com/events/io/
Oh good grief, another way to try and get people to use Google+ and more communication spying.

I have never used Google Talk, I would love to get it off my phone, but it will not go.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:43
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Been using Whatsapp to communicate with my girlfriend who's in the USA for a month for work, it has saved us a good 100 or so! We'd use it when she gets back but both have unlimited texts so little point really.
Now that I can understand, I use Skype to chat with someone in the US, because it is free, even if I hate Skype, certainly now that MS have got hold of it.
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Old 29-04-2013, 14:52
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Texts, don't sound right for some reason.
The plural of Text is Texts. If you eat 3 apples you wouldn't say "I've eaten 3 apple". It's a bit like when people say "my mate text me" instead of the correct "my mate texted me". Sorry but it's just lazy!
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Old 29-04-2013, 15:04
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I use WhatsApp much more then texts as do most people I know now. At home I'm always connected to wifi and me and my mate are forever sending random joke pictures back and forth.
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Old 29-04-2013, 15:21
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Old 29-04-2013, 15:25
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What puts more pressure on the networks SMS messages or Chat apps like Whats app and Viber ?
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Old 29-04-2013, 16:07
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Oh good grief, another way to try and get people to use Google+ and more communication spying.

I have never used Google Talk, I would love to get it off my phone, but it will not go.
Have you spotted those black helicopters over your house again
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Old 29-04-2013, 16:09
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Whilst they specifically mention Whatsapp, it says "chat apps" generally. It would be interesting to know if iMessage non-SMS messages are included in that figure as well.
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