Canadians Offer Support to Earthquake-Stricken Nepal

Canadian phone companies are offering free phone calls for a limited time to Nepal.

Canadians Ramping Up With Texting

If you had to ballpark it, how many text messages would you say Canadians send out yearly? The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reports that Canadians sent out a total of 78 billion in 2011. That’s about 2,500 text messages for every second last year. This represents a 40 percent increase from 2010, when nearly 56.4 […]

Top Ten Excuses for using a wireless phone while driving

ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia which provides basic and optional vehicle insurance in the province, has published a top ten list of excuses that police heard from drivers who were caught using a hand-held device while driving in September.

Topping the list was “This is a bogus law.” Despite the fact that 25 percent of all deaths in fatal crashes are related to distracted driving, many drivers continue to believe they can drive and text at the same time.

Canadians sent 19.5 billion text messages in second quarter

>The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a trade organization representing the wireless industry in Canada, reports that Canadians sent 37.5 billion person-to-person text messages in the first six months of 2011.

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation goes into effect September 1st

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16) which resticts the use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices will come into effect September 1, 2011.

Similar to legislation in effect in most Canadian provinces, the new law will make it illegal for drivers on all roads in both urban and rural areas of the province to text, type, dial or email using hand-held devices while operating a vehicle.

Canadians sent 18 billion text messages in first three months of 2011

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a trade organization representing the wireless industry in Canada, reports that Canadians sent 18 billion person-to-person text messages in the first three months of 2011.

The number of text messages sent during the first quarter of 2011 was 10% higher than the 16.4 billion text messages sent in final three quarter of 2010 and more than 25% higher than the 14.2 billion text messages sent in the third quarter of 2010.

What is a Short Code?

Short codes are special telephone numbers which have been created by the wireless phone industry and are often the source of considerable confusion among new wireless subscribers.

As their name implies, Short codes are significantly shorter – usually 5 or 6 digits – than a regular telephone numbers. They are widely used by the wireless industry for value-added services such as television program voting, ordering ringtones, charity donations and mobile services.

Canadians sent 56 Billion texts in 2010

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a trade organization representing the wireless industry in Canada, has released some interesting findings about texting in Canada.

The group says Canadians sent 16.4 billion person-to-person text messages in the fourth quarter of 2010, a 15 percent increase over the 14.2 billion text messages sent in Q3 in the previous quarter.

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