Canadians sent over 20 Billion text messages in 2008

According to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), Canadians sent more than 20.7 billion person-to-person text messages in 2008. That text messaging total was more than double the number sent in 2007 when 10.1 billion messages and almost five times the number sent in 2006.

Canadians now send over 2.3 billion text messages per month – that’s more than 76 million text messages each day. At the end of December 2008, Canadian wireless phone subscribers numbered 21.5 million which means the average wireless phone subscriber sent over 960 text messages in 2008.

In 2002, Canadians sent 174 million text messages for the entire year. Canadians now send that many in about two and half days. The million text messages a day plateau was surpassed in September 2003, about 18 months after text messaging arrive, when more than 32 million messages were sent.


Text messaging came of age in Canada in April 2002 when Canada’s four wireless carriers: Bell Mobility, Microcell PCS (Fido), Rogers AT&T Wireless and TELUS Mobility announced the commercial availability of inter-carrier Short Message Service (SMS) across Canada.

Thanks to Rizwan Kheraj for passing along this data.