May 26, 2006

IM to take over from SMS in the next 5 years

MOBILEIM.GIF IM has the potential to overtake text messaging in popularity, according to analysts, reports ZDNet Asia.

"The main replacement for SMS (short-message service) will be mobile IM," Ovum's John Delaney said on Wednesday.

Citing a "faltering of growth" in the SMS market--outside the United Kingdom, at least--Delaney told delegates at the Global Messaging Congress in London that mobile IM "does it better, but if operators price it right it doesn't do it any cheaper".

He later told ZDNet UK that he believed "IM will gradually take over from SMS in the next five years in Europe".

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