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Instant messaging to result in reduced SMS use

Use of instant messenger applications is on the increase with consultancy firm Mobile Youth claiming that use of text messaging by the younger generation will fall.

The firm said that alternative instant messaging systems such as BlackBerry messenger would cause SMS volume to drop by 20 per cent over the next two years, according to an FT report.

With operators charging hefty fees for sending text messages, it stands to reason that users would migrate towards internet-based services. BlackBerry messaging is free even on pay-as-you-go phones.

In addition to the popularity of the BlackBerry for text chat enthusiast youngsters, Android mobile phones have the Google GTalk client built-in, effectively appearing just like text and again without SMS fees. GTalk can also be accessed via the web.

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