… mobile social network anyone? I wonder what her friends list on her mobile phone is like? I wonder what she would do on Twitter?
A Californian father was left speechless when he discovered his teenage daughter had sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month.
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Greg Hardesty thought there was a mistake with his 13-year-old daughter Reina’s online phone bill when it stretched for 440 pages.
“First, I laughed: I thought, ‘That’s insane, that’s impossible’,” the New York Post reported the 45-year-old father as saying.
“And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible.”
Reina’s freakish month of texting equates to over 480 messages sent a day — or around one every two minutes for every waking hour.
Thankfully for Mr Hardesty’s hip pocket, he had signed his daughter to an unlimited texting plan for $30 [A$42] a month — otherwise he figures AT&T would have slugged him with a $2,905.60 [A$4,113.13] bill.
“A lot of my friends have unlimited texting — I just text them pretty much all the time,” Reina explained to her parents.
She said her texting had skyrocketed because she was bored on winter break and admitted to sending a bunch of messages to brag about her enormous effort.
The student has since been banned from sending SMS after dinner.
Even if we haven’t seen exactly the right mobile social network on cell phones yet, it’s coming. And it will be obvious when it hits. Just like MySpace caught the kids up (they left in 2005), just like all your work mates and techno neanderthals joined Facebook (even though they ‘hate’ all that online stuff), just like the crowds lining up for the iPhone. It’s coming.
We haven’t seen it yet. Developers are still trying to recreate “OMG All your personal profiles in one place on your phone” or “it’s Facebook for your Mobile!” I’m not sure what it will be. I think it’ll be on the iPhone, the enablement layer issues (keyboard, fast typing) will be fixed. Something that bypasses the exhorbitant rip off rates for mobile connectivity in Australia. (Which telco gives us 14, 500+ SMS a month plus phone calls etc for $30?)
Someone should follow her around. Cos that young lady will figure out the mobile social network of the future. But not after dinner. 😛