Mobile phone users in the US sent 1.5 trillion text messages in 2009, with an average of five billion messages sent out per day in the second half of last year, according to data from CTIA, the wireless industry trade group. According to the association over 24.2 billion MMS messages were sent in the second half of 2009, compared to just 9.3 billion in the same period of 2008. At the end of 2009 CTIA recorded more than 285 million wireless connections, an annual increase of more than 15 million. It claims there are now more than 257 million data-capable devices in use, up from 228 million at the end of 2008; 50 million of these devices are smart phones or wireless-enabled PDAs while nearly twelve million are wireless-enabled laptops, notebooks or aircards. According to the survey, wireless customers used more than 1.12 trillion minutes in the last half of 2009, up 38 billion from the same period a year ago.
Wireless service revenues for the last half of 2009 amounted to almost USD77 billion, up from USD75 billion in 2H08. In particular, wireless data service revenues increased 25.7% from the last half of 2008 to reach more than USD22 billion. Wireless data revenues accounted for more than 28% of all wireless service revenues.