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  1. Canadians Offer Support to Earthquake-Stricken Nepal

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    Worldwide relief efforts are underway following Saturday’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Canadians wishing to offer support can do so by using their mobile phones and texting through the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Text REDCROSS to 45678 to donate $10 or to 30333 to donate...
  2. Canadians Ramping Up With Texting

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    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...
  3. Top Ten Excuses for using a wireless phone while driving

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    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...
  4. Canadians sent 19.5 billion text messages in second quarter

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    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. The number of text messages sent during the second quarter of...
  5. Alberta's Distracted Driving Legislation goes into effect September 1st

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    Alberta's Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16) which restricts 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...
  6. Canadians sent 18 billion text messages in first three months of 2011

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    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...
  7. What is a Short Code?

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    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...
  8. Canadians sent 56 Billion texts in 2010

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    The total number of text messages sent in 2010 numbered 56.4 billion, a 60% increase over the 2009 total of 35.3 billion messages. In December avg user sent 235 texts. Considering many don't text, that is a huge number.
  9. Canadians sent 56 Billion texts in 2010

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    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...
  10. One in Five drivers admit accessing the Internet while driving

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    State Farm, one of the largest car and home insurer in North America, recently conducted an online survey of of 912 drivers who met the following criteria: had a valid driver's license, reported driving at least one hour per week, and owned a smart phone. Of these drivers, about one in five (19...
  11. Canadians sent 4.6 Billion text messages in June

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    The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) said this week that Canadians sent more than 4.6 billion person-to-person text messages in June of this year. That works out to an incredible 154 million messages per day. The average wireless subscriber sent out 197 text messages in...
  12. Texting is the primary reason teens want a mobile phone

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    In 2008, the primary reason U.S, teens said they wanted a mobile phone was for safety. In 2010, teens said the ability to send text messages was the top reason for wanting a mobile phone. Forty-three percent of teens said texting was one of the top reasons for wanting a mobile phone, compared...
  13. Seven out of Ten American adults now text

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    Texting by American adults has increased substantially over the past year according to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In a survey of over 2,200 adults conducted in May, some 72% of adult cell phone users now send and receive text messages now, up from 65% in...
  14. Adults just as likely to text and drive as teens

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    One in four (27%) American adults say they have texted while driving, the same proportion as the number of driving age teens (26%) who say they have texted while driving. The numbers come from are report entitled "Adults and cell phone distractions" released today by the Pew Internet and...
  15. Rogers adds more email type features for texters

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    In order to stimulate further demand of its text messaging service, Rogers Wireless this month introduced some new text messaging features which its calling extreme text messaging. Features include the ability to auto-reply, block text from an unwanted source, text forwarding, create...
  16. Text messaging: A teens favourite form of communication

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    A Pew Internet and American Life Project report out this week has found that text messaging has increased sharply among American teens. American teens who text everyday has shot up in the past 18 months from 38% in February of 2008 to 54% in September 2009. In fact, text messaging has become...
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