Number of text messages sent in the U.S. 2005-2017

The number of text messages (SMS) sent in the United States has declined in recent years dropping to around 1.5 trillion messages in 2017. The peak year for text messaging in terms of volume was 2011, when more than 2.3 trillion SMS messages were sent in the United States.

Total number of text messages sent in the United States from 2005 to 2017

Billions of text messages
2017*1,500
20161,661
20151,889
20141,921
20131,910
20122,190
20112,304
20102,052
20091,563
20081,005
2007363
2006159
200581
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Source

Release date

July 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* The source does not provide the exact figure for 2017. Including MMS 1,768 billion messages were sent in 2017

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