Text Messages Decline Due to Apple’s iMessage

For the first time ever, general text messages has declined across the board for third-party, U.S. based mobile operators because Apple’s iMessage service and its far reaching popularity has taken over.

According to Fierce Mobile‘s report…

“U.S. mobile operators raked in third quarter 2012 data revenues of $19.9 billion, up 3 percent quarter-over-quarter and 17 percent year-over-year–despite suffering their first-ever decline in overall text messaging traffic and revenues, according to new research from Chetan Sharma Consulting.

Although U.S. subscribers still send an average of more than 650 text messages per month, data indicates that messaging revenues have peaked, Sharma said. “It might be early to say if the decline has begun or the market segment will sputter along before the decline takes place.”

According to iDownloadblog, Tim Cook mentioned during the iPad Mini event that mobile phone users sent more than 300 billion messages in the first 12 months of the service’s operation at nearly 28,000 texts per second.

Even though traditional text messaging has declined every so slightly, Apple’s iMessage is on a sharp rise.