More than 20 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year, according to official figures released today.
Looking ahead, the Mobile Data Association (MDA) predicts that 2004 could well be another record year.
It expects the number of texts sent to reach 23 billion in 2004, with the average number of texts sent each day growing from 55 million in 2003 to 63 million this year.
Said MDA chairman Mike Short: "Text messaging usage will continue to grow in 2004 with operators and service providers offering customers greater mobility, ease of use, colour screens, higher speed devices and of course more functionality, coupled with an ever increasing range of services." ®