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News | 07/09/2003 4:00 am EDT

Text messaging growth flat: NFO CFgroup
Cell phone ownership grew among adult Canadian Internet users from 57% in November 2001 to February 2003, NFO CFgroup notes in its annual Wireless Telephony study, but there has been no growth among online Canadian adults who own cell phones and who use text messaging. Intercarrier text messaging has been available since April 2002, the study notes, but the development has led only to a greater volume of messages sent, not users exploiting the service. In other NFO findings, PDA cell phones hold an appeal to 19% of online Canadians; about 30% say videophones hold an appeal for them; and, among Internet users interested in either PDA phones or videophones, 70% would like the devices to be web-enabled, up from 61% for PDA phones and 56% for videophones since November 2001. The findings are available in the research group’s annual report, Wireless Telephony.

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