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As SMS Messaging in the UK Declines Instant Messaging Prevails

Uh oh, it looks like the old Short Messaging Service, or SMS, or Texting as you may know it, is slowly dying here in the UK according to a report by research firm Deloitte who discovered that Instant Messaging had overtook SMS messaging last year.

The first SMS message was sent on 3 December 1992 and has since become one of the easiest and most widely used ways to quickly message someone with an estimated 3.5 billion active users worldwide, but that number may not last for too long as research firm Deloitte has discovered than SMS messaging in the UK is on the decline with Instant Messaging taking over.

The company revealed that text messaging numbers fell down to 145 billion in 2013, down 7 billion from the previous year and compared that to Instant Messaging which saw a rise from 56 billion, to 160 billion in 2013. The company also predicts that Instant Messaging could hit around 300 billion message in 2014 and SMS messaging to fall to around 140 billion.

This, of course, is thanks to Instant Messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, Kik Messenger, LINE, and WhatsApp which allow users to message, voice, and video call absolutely free. That’s not to say that SMS messaging is going to die any time soon, as 140 billion in the UK alone is a massive number.

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