Tuesday, June 29, 2004

New record for text messaging

From The Globe and Mail. Full article here.

[Associated Press] Technology-obsessed Singapore may have claimed a fresh world record Monday for punching in the fastest mobile phone text message after a competition that demanded a flair for dexterity, and considerable geekiness. Student Kimberly Yeo, 23, managed to type a fiendishly complicated 26-word message on her phone in 43.66 seconds, organizer Singapore Telecommunications said in a statement Monday.

Contestants had to type:
"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Using the phone's predictive text function that guesses words as letters are typed in was not allowed, and the target phrase's punctuation needed to be spot on, too. Like many of her compatriots, Ms. Yeo is an avid sender of text messages, sending about 50 a day, or 1,500 a month, Singapore Telecommunications said.

Singapore Telecommunications, which runs Singapore's most extensive phone network, said its system now handles nine million text messages a day [my emphasis], up from 3.5 million to four million in 2001-02.
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Okay, I just typed that same phrase here in 29 seconds, using a full computer keyboard. How the heck did she do that??? How fast can you type it? How about texting it? Try it and comment back if you like...

Let's see...Kimberly Yeo sends about 50 text messages a day, which is about two an hour, if she never sleeps, or about one every 20 minutes if she sleeps eight hours a day...



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