Britons send 217 million texts each day

New devices help spur use of SMS and other messaging, according to the Mobile Data Association.

Text messaging rates continue to grow as UK phone users send 60 million more texts now than this time last year.

New devices and a continuously changing market have helped the growth, according to a report released today by the Mobile Data Association (MDA).

The amount of plain text messages jumped 38 per cent within one year, with 6.5 billion texts sent each month in the UK. Picture and video-based text messages have also risen 20 per cent to 1.5 million messages being sent per day.

Almost all mobile phones now come configured with text messaging along with picture and video messaging, making the transition from calling to texting an easy one.

Steve Reynolds, Chairman of the MDA, said: "New mobile phones, with easy to use software, and creative tariffs from the mobile networks, are encouraging people of all ages to use more of their functionality from music, video and pictures to email communications."

The report is based on quarterly research findings for UK mobile phone activity from July to September 2008.

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