A new report has revealed that the number of text messages being sent from mobile phones in the UK has fallen for the first time.
It means that many people may be prompted to trade in their older handsets for smartphones that sport technologies that more people are favouring.
According to Deloitte, Brits have sent seven billion fewer text messages during 2013 than they did in 2012. This is the first time that it has fallen since it was invented.
SMS has become less popular in favour of apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage, Facebook Messenger and even Twitter. The number of instant messages sent in 2013 increased from 57 billion to 160 billion.
Deloitte predicted that text messages will further decline over the next few years as people continue to favour cheaper and quicker options.
According to the analysts, we will send just 140 billion text messages during 2014, marking a further five billion fall in numbers.
Posted by Simon Thomas