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Text and Data Overtake Voice as Means of Cell Communication

Text and Data Overtake Voice as Means of Cell Communication

When was the last time you called someone on your cell phone? 90 percent of households have one, and according to the CTIA wireless association, you'd rather use your cell to text and browse the Internet than to make calls — the number of text messages sent was up 50 percent last year, while data for web browsing, music streaming, and email surpassed data used for voice calls.

It's true that I primarily use my cell phone for checking RSS feeds, email, and texts more often than I actually dial a phone number and chat with someone, and I know I'm not alone. This could be why numeric keyboards are going the way of the pager, while multitasking smartphones stocked with a QWERTY keyboard are picking up speed in the wireless market. Although texting can be a quick and easy way to get a message to a pal, just be careful you don't become addicted . . . at least for your health's sake.

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