SMS Statistics for U.S: $20 Billion in Revenue, 4090 Percent Markup

October 10, 2011 5:04 am

We have written about SMS Statistics before – we spotted this today:

“More than two trillion text messages are sent each year in the United States, generating more than $20 billion in revenue for the wireless industry. Verizon Wireless alone generates as much as $7 billion a year in revenue from texting, or about 12 percent of the total, Mr. Moffett said, and texting brings in about a third of the operating income.

Professor Keshav estimates it costs the carriers about a third of a penny to send text messages. Considering that the major carriers charge 10 to 20 cents to send and receive them, “it’s something like a 4,090 percent markup,” he said.”

Statistics Source: NYTimes

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