A study from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) predicts cell phone users will send 6.1 trillion text messages by the end of 2010. The figure is triple as much as three years ago and means that an average of 200,000 text messages are transmitted every second.
Mobile phones are now available to 90 percent of the world's population. And so far, customers are taking advantage. The ITU estimates that there will be 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions by the end of the year. And in developed countries, there are an average of 116 subscriptions per 100 people.
Not surprisingly, mobile broadband has also seen growth over the past few years. The ITU found that there are currently over 940 million 3G subscriptions around the globe. In 2005, there were just 72 million 3G subscriptions.