Teen sends 14,528 text messages in one month [Telecom]

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Teen sends 14,528 text messages in one month

January 13, 2009 - 8:41AM

An American teenager sent almost 500 text messages a day last month,
leaving her father with a phone bill of 440 pages.

Reina Hardesty, 13, sent 14,528 text messages in December - about 470 text
messages a day, at an average of a message every two minutes if she was
awake for 15 hours each day, the New York Post said.

Her father, Greg, said he was shocked to receive a 440 page phone bill
last month.

"First, I laughed. I thought: 'That's insane, that's impossible'," Mr
Hardesty told the Post.

"And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly

"Then I thought maybe AT&T made some mistake on the bill."

He asked his daughter: "Who are you texting, anyway? Your entire school?"

Reina said she messaged a core group of "four obsessive texters" - all
girls between the ages of 12 and 13.

"Well, a lot of my friends have unlimited texting. I just text them pretty
much all the time," she said.

At a karaoke birthday party, Reina texted her best friend, who was sitting
right next to her while others were singing, the Post said.

She also texted her friends to brag about the high number of text messages
she had racked up when her parents got the bill.

Fortunately for her parents, Reina's phone plan allows unlimited texting
for $US30 a month.

Otherwise the phone bill would have been about $2900, the Post said.

Reina's parents have since placed restrictions on her phone use,
forbidding her from texting after dinner.

The average number of monthly texts for a 13- to 17-year-old is 1742, the
Post said.


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Wow! I can barely send 10 messages a day. The most is about 20 and
half of those are business related.

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I've sent five since the start of the year, and that's probably higher
than average.

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