30 May '12, 11pm

SMS traffic falling in Singapore. Users switching to better-value smartphone apps for messaging

By Irene Tham, Technology Correspondent SMS traffic is falling in Singapore, signalling the start of a decline in a key revenue stream for telcos. Figures on the Infocomm Development Authority's website show the decline started in December last year, when the monthly total number of SMSes exchanged dropped to 2.3 billion from a record high of 2.46 billion in September. The latest reported figure for March shows a further dip - to 2.2 billion. Related Links SMS traffic sliding :-( The fading allure of SMS is most likely tied to the rise of alternative messaging services such as Facebook and Twitter. More consumers are also switching to better-value smartphone apps for their messaging needs, analysts say. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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