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Verizon report: Text-messaging explodes in N.C.

Posted July 9, 2008

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— Verizon Communications' cell phone customers are talking a lot with their fingers, according to a study of text-message traffic that the company released Wednesday.

Statewide, the carrier's customers boosted text-message traffic by more than 600 percent from April 2006 to April 2008, Verizon said.

The study compared text messages sent and received only by Verizon customers. The company cited a national industry report, however, that said messaging nationally had gone from 14.4 million in 2000 to 48.1 billion last year.

Verizon said the boom in the number of text messages sent and received included a rise from 15.6 million in Charlotte to 103 million two years later, from 8.6 million to 56.2 million in Raleigh; from 10,022 to 2.8 million in the Rocky Mount-Wilson area; and from 112 to 400,197 in Roanoke Rapids.

In Fayetteville, the hand-generated traffic went from 3.4 million to 18.6 million in the period.


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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jul 10, 2008

    Next would be an explosion of thumb-based carpal tunnel syndrome cases...

    Then English grammar and spelling errors increases exponentially since a lot of people start writing in IM and text messaging language. (

    Finally, society as a whole falls apart when the text messaging system goes down and no one can communicate to each other using "ancient" technologies ... :-)

  • Dark_Horse Jul 9, 2008

    wow, some of you guys are really dating yourselves.

  • Dark_Horse Jul 9, 2008

    brain tumor? you do realize you text with your fingers right? Maybe carpal tunnel or gamer's thumb.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 9, 2008

    Ah you left out the brain tumor lawsuits that will be coming. I am thinking of getting a cell phone now so I can get in on that action.

  • whatusay Jul 9, 2008

    OK so we know more people are what...what is this article about...who cares. Is texting more efficient than talking to someone? Is texting just a fad? What is the big deal. Sounds like a lot of bored teenagers who are becoming diabetics by sitting too much, and using the phone too much, and not spending enough time outside exercising so they will not be overweight. But, Verison is doing their part by helping these young teenagers use their fingers instead of their body.

  • yruatwit Jul 9, 2008

    $5.00 says that within 2 years there will be a lawsuit (or several) against phone/PDA manufacturers and/or cell phone service providers related to arthritic conditions in the hand and/or wrist. Next will come suits pertaining to eye problems. And don't be surprised when a suit, claiming that the vibration feature of a phone has caused irrepairable bruising of the hip due to long-term exposure, hits the airwaves.

  • Kris0805 Jul 9, 2008

    I hate text messaging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1Rx4FN Jul 9, 2008

    Not a surprise given the explosion of phones that now have character pads. Beats hitting to write a message. I use it quite a bit, not while driving of course.

  • frayedknot Jul 9, 2008

    I bet a large percentage of the increased "hand generated traffic" is automated. Emails, system statuses, even spam.