Goodbye SMS, Hello IM?
U.K. operator Orange UK , for one, has not seen a mass exodus to mobile IM yet. The operator recorded 1.3 billion SMS messages per month between November last year and January, which is up 21 percent compared to the last quarterly data usage figures released in November 2007. But Orange has noticed that ringtones and wallpaper services are on the decline as more people use their own photos for wallpapers. (See Orange Boasts Data Usage.)
According to Orange's latest mobile data usage stats for November 2007 to January 2008, the operator recorded a 35 percent increase in mobile Internet page impressions and an 87 percent hike in mobile TV hours viewed.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung