Text Messaging

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.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 4:30am


We need higher fertility rates

Low fertility rates are a big concern to governments in many developing countries. Hong Kong is no exception. The city's fertility rate was 1.04 children per woman in 2009. This is far lower than the rate of 2.01 children per woman that is needed for well-balanced population growth.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Do you get the message?

Texting can be a nuisance. A new message can come anywhere, anytime. And you get the urge to reply instantly. Sometimes, you put everything aside just to reply to a trivial message.

We asked our junior reporters when they think you shouldn't be texting ...

1. Swimming

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hey you, take a look at this!

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Trespassing (Deluxe Version), Adam Lambert (below)

2 Glee: The Music - The Graduation Album, Glee Cast

3 Born and Raised, John Mayer

4 Bloom, Beach House

5 Not Your Kind of People (Deluxe), Garbage

6 Shooting Star - EP, Owl City

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

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

Gone cold on calling

Once upon a time, a blackberry was a fruit and an android was something from a sci-fi film. And if you were going to be late for a social engagement, you'd phone the person waiting and let them know.

However, even though we've made such advances with technology, we seem to have de-evolved in the manners department.

26 Feb 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

My message was changed, ex-lover says

An alleged blackmail victim said yesterday that a text message he sent to his dumped mistress had been changed before it was submitted to the court as evidence.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Daily hazards in a hi-tech world

All things in moderation is the maxim for good health, and so it should be for iPhones and other hand-held electronic devices. Doctors are increasingly caring for patients in their 30s and younger with aches and pains in their shoulders and thumbs that are usually the domain of their parents and grandparents.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mobile users not alarmed by scare

Hongkongers say they cannot and will not stop using their mobile phones, despite a new World Health Organisation report linking the devices to cancer.

Recruitment manager Rico Lorenzana, 34, said it was near impossible for Hongkongers to stop or even reduce their dependency on mobile phones.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nostalgic for letters in an age of spell check

How do you spell 'decline'? How do you spell 'obsolete', or 'archaic'? For most people, spelling tests were not one of their favourite parts of growing up. Let's face it, the people who actually looked forward to weekly spelling tests usually wore two-inch-thick glasses and calculator watches. Yet, when I went to school, spelling was important.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The key to bridging the generation gap

It is known as the generation gap. Each age group is all-knowing, thinking that the one that came before - and after - is foolish, mistaken and out of touch. Parents and children do not see eye to eye and end up at loggerheads, both believing that they are right and the other does not know what it is talking about.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mind your manners in fast-paced world

In today's fast-paced business environment, there is a concern among some experts that busy professionals are losing the ability to communicate politely and effectively.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Personal-data sales develop into a terrifying plague

As Hong Kong was up in arms last week over privacy concerns relating to the sale of Octopus cardholders' personal data, a court in Shanghai's Pudong district was making a landmark ruling over the sale of personal information.

9 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