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96,1 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

In the last days of 2009, the Belgian mobile operators were anticipating some 100 million SMS messages to be send on New Year’s Eve.  The end result is a bit less but still a record: 96,1 million messages.  One year earlier, that amount was at 78,3 million.

Proximus treated 40,8 million SMS between 20.00 (31 dec.) and 8.00 (1 jan.), which was 13% more than last year.  Mobistar counted 33,04 million messages (+40%) and Base 22,27 million (+19%).

The many formulas that include free SMS could be one cause for the large increase.  There were no major incidents with the mobile network.

Our Dutch neighbours only sent about 70,4 million messages over the networks of KPN (27,7 million), Vodafone (25,2 million) and T-Mobile (17,5 million).

American duo sends record breaking 217.000 SMS

And you thought that you send too many SMS in a month?
(replace ‘you’ by ‘your teenage kids’ if you’re over 40)

Two friends from Pennsylvania have send a stunning amount of 217.000 messages to each other during the month of March.  That’s 7.000 SMS per day, in case you’re wondering.

Nick (29) and Doug (30) were in for the record, which was previously held Deepak Sharma in India, who sent 182.000 messages in 2005.  The duo set up their mobile to send multiple messages, most of which contained just short texts, such as ‘LOL’ and ‘Hello’. 

Both had relied on their unlimited text messaging plans, so quite the surprise when Nick received a bill of $ 26,000.  After complaints, mobile operator T Mobile has credited his account and is investigating the charges. 

The Guinness Book of Records hasn’t yet responded whether the record will be certified.

Mobile phone with hand

New Year’s Eve sms record broken

The SMS storm on New Year’s Eve has broken all records. In Belgium, a massive total of 59 million sms messages with Best Wishes were sent out. That is a lot more than the expectations, which had counted on 46 to 50 million.

The operators were well prepared for the texting night. Proximus activated a fifth SMS server to allow a send-out of 66.000 messages per minute. In total, the operator served 28,3 million messages (including 7,6 million delivery receipts though) compared to 23 million last year.
The other two operators also handled the sms mass without a problem. Mobistar counted 18,1 million SMS, which is a quarter more than in 2006. Base had the biggest rise: 46% more messages, counting up to 12,9 million SMS.

The texting tradition on the verge of a new year sees quite some differences between countries. Switserland is the most eager to sms friends and family with greetings, sending nearly seven times as many messages at New Year than on an average day, with over 75 million SMS estimated to be sent. Greeks send up to five times as many as normal. The French on the other hand seem to prefer more traditional ways to greet their close ones, as they don’t send any more sms messages than on a normal day.