Pakistan Ranks #4 in SMS Usage

February 2, 2009 at 10:12 am 3 comments

PCWorld recently carried a story which showed that Pakistan ranks fourth in terms of number of SMS traffic. Over the 2008/2009 Christmas/New Year period, we sent a total of 763 million (yes, that’s right!) text messages. And we don’t even celebrate Christmas! (well I celebrate everything but most people in Pakistan view it as a Western/Christian festival- not one of our own).

The story also says that Pakistan also had the highest year-on-year growth for SMS messages…growing by an amazing 253 percent compared to the same period last year. Power outages and other challenges aside, we continue to create records – in this case with text messages!

P.S. Unfortunately, someone at PCWorld needs to correct the title of the story – at the time of this posting it says “County” instead of “Country”.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vickram Crishna  |  February 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Perhaps not.

    With the amount of avuncular interest being shown by the chief of the 50 States, American publishers (aided and abetted by the inability of astounding numbers of their natives to read) may be a little confused about the status of Pakistan.

  • 2. AEM76US  |  February 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Just to clarify, the article only covered Asia-Pacific statistics, not global statistics.

    It may have also excluded phone-to-phone text communications in Japan that are referred to as email but that do not resemble traditional PC-based email.

  • 3. Pakistan Ranks #4 in SMS Usage / LiveFromPakistan  |  February 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Pakistan Ranks #4 in SMS Usage…

    PCWorld recently carried …


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