SMS at start of long decline for China telcos

The number of SMS messages sent by Chinese mobile users rose a scant 2 per cent last year. Photo: AFP

New government data on mobile text messaging, also known as SMS, is underscoring how this former cash cow for China's telcos is quickly losing its audience.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 10:40am

SMS may be losing appeal after 20 years

Mobile-phone outlets like this one in Beijing now offer internet-enabled smartphones, with alternatives to SMS. Photo: AFP

Amid the 20th anniversary of the short messaging service (SMS) this month, analysts say the world's most popular mobile service is facing stiff competition from emerging applications for internet-enabled smartphones.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

WhatsApp, Kakao, other free messaging apps may cost telecoms billions

Kakao, a free messaging app popular in South Korea, and other internet-based messaging services are bypassing SMS gateways. Photo: AP

Global telecom operators are expected to have lost US$23 billion in SMS revenues by the end of this year as smartphone users shift to free messaging applications, an industry report said on Thursday.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am

Tone it down

You're in a morning meeting trying to focus, your brain still abuzz from too much fun at Happy Valley the previous night. Suddenly, you hear a wolf whistle and you buck to attention. The conversation drones on, but you're more interested in trying to work out where the sound came from.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New SMS location service for hikers

Hikers on country trails now have a quick way to communicate their whereabouts - by text message.

A non-profit collective of the telecoms industry, the Communications Association of Hong Kong, launched a new SMS service yesterday to improve the safety of hikers, a frequent concern.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mobile schmobile

Life is becoming increasingly difficult for people who refuse to acquire a mobile phone. There are few public telephones nowadays - and even fewer that work - and the majority of people are forgetting the art of forward social planning, at least with any rigidity ('I'll call you when I'm there').

29 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Lai See

Mainland businesses cash in on the all-important 'gao kao'

Luck is everything in Chinese culture, which reveres the mysterious or superstitious aspects of life. There is nothing wrong with praying for good luck. People do it all the time, praying for luck to boost business, magnify gambling wins and even improve academic achievements.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Confusion rules over curbs on 'obscene' texts

Plans to freeze mobile phone accounts responsible for sending 'obscene' text messages are in confusion, with a Beijing provider yesterday announcing it would introduce the measure, while its Shanghai counterpart apparently issued a denial.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Does simple text language help boost communication?

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College

A lot of people say youngsters' language standards have dropped because of the abbreviations used in text messaging.

It's true that many teens chat online and use SMS to keep in touch with their friends and relatives.

As a result, abbreviations like 'cu' and '88' have become very popular.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Bill for 'unsolicited' text messages shocks first-time user, 67

The 67-year-old man was new to using a mobile phone. He soon got a shock: a HK$1,357 bill for text messages he had never asked to receive.

The man, who prefers not to be named, is just one victim caught out by short messaging service (SMS) charges.

'I don't even know what an SMS is,' he said. 'I won't pay. Just send me to prison.'

19 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Consumers pay hidden costs in 'free' mobile phone offers

Text messages are so quick and easy to send and read that most people do not think twice about using them - but they can carry a sting in their tail.

Ask the man who was hit with a HK$10,000 bill after signing up for a 'free' friend-seeking service.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Ping pong poser holds key to free trip for Lions rugby test against South Africa

While this year's Sevens might have been and gone, you won't be able to avoid thinking about rugby if you go anywhere near the HSBC building over the next two weeks. A giant game ball has been placed on the ground floor of the bank's Central headquarters. It is filled with ping pong balls. The installation is for a contest organised by the bank - and the Post is lending a hand.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Messaging system a lifeline for expats lost for words

New to town and have trouble ordering chilli with your prawns? SmarTone has come to the rescue.

The mobile phone operator is working with amateur Aussie linguist Dean Head to put his well-regarded book Fonetic Cantonese Made Ezee (below) on its SMS messaging system.

22 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Organ donors can show the way

Under the presumed consent system, individuals are considered organ donors after death. This has been a common practice in many European countries like Spain and Austria.

There is a debate whether Hong Kong should adopt this system.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Let's talk ... face to face

We should share our happiness and sadness with others face to face.

Nowadays, many people send e-mail or talk on the phone to their friends and relatives.

I don't believe this is the same as talking in person.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am