Dramatic fall in texters as users move to messaging apps

WhatsApp has replaced the old-fashioned text for many Irish users

WhatsApp has replaced the old-fashioned text for many Irish users

Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber are having a dramatic impact on the number of old-fashioned texts being sent by Irish users, according to official data published today.

There were less than 1.88 billion text messages sent by Irish mobile users between April and June, according to ComReg, which is a 23.2% fall in the space of a year.

This is the continuation of a trend that first started in late 2011, with the number of texts sent now 42% lower than that peak.

The second quarter of the year also marks the first time that text usage fell below the 2 billion mark during a three-month period since the early days of mobile.

It’s almost certain that most of this messaging activity has moved to dedicated app services, and the country’s data usage figures certainly point in that direction.

There were more than 15.7 petabytes of data (that’s 15,700,000 gigabytes) used in Ireland between April and June – a more-than 5o% increase on the same period of last year and a dramatic rise on figures recorded back in 2011.

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