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  Over 125 million txts 2 say =:) NU YR
Updated 03 January 2003, 15.20
Text messaging
A thumb-numbing 125 million text messages were sent in the UK on New Year's Eve, experts estimate.

It seems most mobile phone users wanted to send a msg 2 m8s 2 wish thm a =:) nu yr!

It's a record for this country and adds up to almost two times the number we send on a normal day, according to the Mobile Data Association (MDA).

And it sent the phone networks haywire. Some messages sent on the night were so stuck in traffic, they didn't reach people until 36 hours later!

Picture me!

U r so in da doghouse!
U r so in da doghouse!

There are signs that those who received fancy picture messaging mobiles from Santa managed to get them working too.

Picture - or multi-media (MMS) - messaging is set to be massive in 2003 with more handsets being sold.

And the experts think a new language will grow up around MMS, with people sending photos of dog kennels when they want to put someone in the dog house!

But the text messaging boom will keep rising too. It's thought about 20 billion messages will be sent this year, up by four billion on 2002.

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