SmartphonesWireless data service revenues increased more than 31% to more than $19.4 billion during 1H09, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association’s latest “Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey.”  Now accounting for more than 25% of all wireless service revenues, rapid growth in wireless data revenue is one of a number of bright spots for the wireless industry, according to the international industry association.

CTIA recorded more than 276 million wireless users in this year’s semi-annual survey–nearly 14 million more than were recorded in 1H08.  Wireless customers used up more than 1.1 trillion minutes in 1H09.  That’s 6.4 billion minutes of use per day worth nearly $76 billion in revenue, according to CTIA.“Once again, the new survey results indicate that mobile broadband is an integral part of everyday life for many Americans,” Steve Largent, CTIA’s president and CEO, stated in a press release.

“The wireless ecosystem—infrastructure suppliers, service providers, device manufacturers, operating system providers, and applications developers—are simultaneously working together and competing against one another to generate valuable and unparalleled products and services for consumers.  The survey proves that more people are quickly embracing these advancements and integrating them into their daily lives.”

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There are more than 246 million “data-capable” wireless devices in consumers’ hands, of which more than 40 million are smartphones or wireless PDAs.  More than 10 million come in the form of wireless laptops, notebooks or aircards, according to the survey.

Text messaging exhibited explosive growth during the first half of 2009.  Carriers’ networks carried more than 740 billion text messages during 1H09–4.1 billion message per day.  That’s almost double last year’s total of 385 billion for the 1H08.  With the advent of MMS, wireless subscribers are also sending more multimedia messages–more than 10.3 billion were sent during 1H09, up from 4.7 billion in the corresponding period one year ago.

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