Filipinos Averaged 1 Billion Text Messages Daily Last Year

Double the number from 2006

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Filipinos increased the number of text messages they sent last year two fold, averaging 1 billion daily, industry figures showed.

For the 8 million Filipinos who work abroad, texting is the primary way they keep in touch with family at home. Text messages are also a political tool and played an important roll in overthrowing President Joseph Estrada in 2001 by making people aware of rallies.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country’s largest telecoms group, said text messages on its network reached a daily average of 700-750 million last year. Competitor Globe Telecom told Reuters about 300-400 million messages were sent daily on its network last year.

PLDT and Globe have more than 50 million subscribers and the country’s mobile penetration rate is about 60 percent, compared to 35 percent in Indonesia, 75 percent in Thailand and 84 percent in Malaysia.

Industry executives believe that up to 80 percent penetration is possible over the next two years as an improved economy allows more people to buy mobiles.

In 2006, 500 million text messages were sent daily and 250 million in 2005, the National Telecommunications Commission said.

The wide spread use of text messaging is due in part to its affordability. Credit can be purchased for one peso (2.5 U.S. cents) and mobile users can transfer credits to another phone.


Filipinos Averaged 1 Billion Text Messages Daily Last Year
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  • Guest

    Hey mate – is it 1 billion a day or 1 billion a year?

    • http://www.loadmebaby.com Load Me Baby

      60 million subscibers averaging 16 or so messages a day easy..

  • http://www.loadmebaby.com Load Me Baby

    I have seen children as young as four years old texting (and walking)!

    When my friends have babies, I buy them a SIM card for their newborn as a baptism gift!

    Filipinos text faster than most people can type.

    the words muah mwah   are kisses lol.

    If you get a text, you better reply immediately or risk offending your text mate.

    Thanks for the report!





  • Guest

    Are you sure it’s PLDT? Smart and Globe are the two largest mobile telecoms companies in the Philippines.

    • kevin

      Smart Communications is owned by PLDT

  • kevin



    that is because, unlimited text service (cost $0.60 a day) is being offered to network providers. :)
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