Text messaging in decline
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans are saying CUL8TR to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to take over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.
CTIA -- The Wireless Association says Americans sent 2.2 trillion text messages last year, down 5 percent from 2011. That's still 19 text messages per person per day.
Text messages vaulted into the mainstream in 2007, despite often costing 10 cents each. Now, many phone companies give text messaging away for free as part of a data plan.
Clark-Dickson said text messaging likely will remain popular as a way to communicate with people who don't use chat applications. In addition, businesses have started using it as a way to communicate with customers.