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Research estimates that Smartphone IMs costs carriers around the world 17.7 billion Euros in 2012

According to analysis and research firm, Ovum, it seems that the use of instant messaging platforms like iMessage, BBM, and Whatsapp has cost carriers an estimated loss of 17.7 billion Euros this year.

  • Long gone are the days of expensive text messaging fees...

    It is no secret that many of us have turned to instant messaging apps on our smartphones to communicate with friends and family.

    Apps such as Whatsapp, BBM, iMessage, ChatOn have replaced the need for traditional SMS, allowing friends and family to communicate with each other even in foreign countries for free as it allows not just messages, but audio, video, photos and even your location to be sent! All of this is technically free since you have a smartphone, chances are you have a data plan as well. Either that or you could always rely on WiFi. So, do you know anyone that you still communicate with via traditional SMS, or has everyone turned to Whatsapp?

    It is, however, worth mentioning that it only costs them billions if they insist on charging that ridiculous, asinine price of a dime per text. SMS texts are usually a couple of bytes. If you dialed a phone number than hung up, it's the same amount of bandwidth used. I'm glad people are smart enough to get around this highway robbery.


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