Text messaging is on the decline, even in the Philippines, the so-called texting capital of the world.
Gone are the days when SMS was the staple means of communication via mobile phone.
According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in a report on 24 Oras, the decline in text messaging began in 2010.
NTC data show that around 500 million texts are sent daily, compared with around 2 billion on average previously.
With the increasing number of phones with internet and wireless connection capabilities, connecting to the Web seems to matter more and more compared to texting.
Web surfing promos by telecommunication companies, as well as various web communication applications also contribute to less texting.
As it is, the NTC said that, instead of SMS traffic, consumers now face slower internet access due to high demand.
— TJD, GMA News