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Monday, October 10, 2011

nyt article on text messaging

and a NEW imessage service (debuting wednesday) that will NOT count as text messages through your phone plan, but over wifi or 3G (so it won't count as a text). it only works between iphones though. other interesting data on text message figures in the article.

Free Texts Pose Threat to Carriers

........................On Wednesday, Apple plans to introduce a new service called iMessage, which could quickly become the biggest fish in this pond. The service lets iPhone owners send messages with text, photos and video to other iPhone owners over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. The service, part of an update to Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, will automatically handle messages sent between iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users who have upgraded to the latest software.
“There’s a huge amount at stake here,” said Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, who covers the telecommunications industry. “They are undermining the core business model for an industry that makes most of its money from services that are high priced and low bandwidth, like texting.”...............

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