Whatsapp with texts?
Spending money to send a traditional SMS may soon be as laughably old fashioned as dressing up like George Formby and riding your penny farthing to the bazaar to buy moustache wax. (Ok, so that's what all the hipsters are doing tomorrow - bad example.)
ANYWAY, instant messaging is what the skint kids are into these days, according to research firm Informa, which found that freebie chat apps like Whatsapp and Viber have overtaken SMS.
In 2012 almost 19 billion IMs were sent per day from apps, compared with 17.6 billion texts.
Research by another company Ovum, suggested that almost £15bn was lost last year thanks to chat apps.
So does this mean the end of the humble text message? Not quite. Not everybody is a new fangled First World idiot with customised Nikes and a smartphone. A large proportion of the global community are still communicating via antiquated Nokias, and for them, SMS is the only way to go.
Even so, mobile companies are going to have to do something about this new trend if they’re going to protect their revenue. With billions of dollars being lost, maybe Nokia should think about taking that Whatsapp button off their new Asha 210...?