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SMS mania around the world

on January 10, 2005 by Martina Comments

Mike Grenville at 160 Characters did a great job collecting info worldwide and building up a page with the number of text messages sent worldwide on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day. I can add a number from Italy, where Telefono Blu has estimated 100 million SMS have been sent to welcome the New Year. As Silicon reports, in Australia a lot of people complained that text messages sent by friends and family based in Europe on New Year’s Eve have taken up to five days to cover the distance.

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Texting isn’t cheap

on September 29, 2004 by Martina Comments

SMS prices in Europe vary from country to country. The most expensive service is offered in The Netherlands where users are charged 0.21� per message, than comes Germany (0.19 cents). In Italy the average price is 0.15�. Scandinavian countries offer the lower rates: only 0.04� in Denmark, 0.11� in Sweden and 0.12� in Finland. In the UK each SMS costs about 0.16�, while in France 0.13� are charged. The prices of course affect the average number of messages sent per month, with Danish users leading the way with 66 SMS’. The research was carried out by Xonio (in German).

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China: text & fear

on July 2, 2004 by Martina Comments

China is going to expand its censorship controls to text messages sent with mobile phones. BBC News reports today, saying that new regulations have been issued to filter messages for pornographic or fraudulent content (of course they don’t say this is a mean to target political dissidents). A lot of people will have to start paying attention to their love messages: “I love you” will still be allowed, while “I want you” might be seriously evaluated before approval…

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