Text messaging explodes over holiday period

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Includes: CHA, CHL, CHU, CN-OLD, KZ, LTON, NTES, SINA, SOHU
by: Ezra Marbach

According to Beijing Mobile, it handled more than 1 billion outgoing short messages on Tuesday's Lunar New Year's Eve. Estimates are that more than 10 billion text messages will be sent
over the week-long holiday, up 200 million
from last year.
An estimated 217.7 billion text messages were sent in 2004.