Around 20 years ago people began to exchange text messages via mobile phones, bringing a revolution in communication throughout the world. With the advent of smart mobile phones and various applications, that most users have at their disposal many alternative choices on instant messaging. This resulted in the gradual decline of the traditional SMS, with the expected decline this year, according to a report in the British newspaper Daily Mail, amounting to 21 billion, less than half of the 50 billion direct messages, estimated to swap between the users of portable devices.
This pattern of course applies to most corners of the planet, where the number of text messages last year estimated that fell from 7 billion to 145 billion messages. With applications available via smartphone instant messaging is a breeze except a very effective solution as most of them offer free service, saving enough money from the accounts of users. Beyond the economic benefits, even offer a different approach to the way of communication, allowing other than exchange of written text, send photos, pictures, symbols and audio messages to short video. The exchange of SMS continues however to offer 98% of revenue to mobile operators, according to the report, as users continue to use them, especially when they have no internet access.
According to a 2014 report, experts estimate that the decline in the number of texting will plummet to 140 billion, while the number of the direct messages increased dramatically, reaching approximately 300 billion. Beyond the economic benefits they provide these services through technology smartphone, another reason why more and more people will turn to IM instead of SMS is because mobile phone companies will stop slowly build traditional devices and people will have no choice but to buy a smartphone. In Great Britain, only the percentage of people over 55 who owned a smartphone was 29% in 2012. For 2014 this figure is estimated to be around 47%, while it seems that traditional SMS will continue to live until 2018.
By Nicole P.