Canadians Sent 78 Billion Text Messages in 2011


The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has released updated stats for SMS and MMS sent last year in Canada. Roughly 78 billion text messages were sent in 2011 (it works out to 21.3 million texts sent per day):

• Canadians sent 21 billion person-to-person text messages in Q4 2011.

• More than 7 billion person-to-person text messages were sent in December 2011 alone, which represents an average of approximately 227 million messages per day.

• Total text messages sent in 2011 numbered 78 billion, up from the 56.4 billion messages sent in 2010.


• In Q4 2011, MMS messages sent totaled 103 million. As of December 2011, Canadians are sending an average of 1.2 million MMS messages per day.

• Total person-to-person MMS messages sent in 2011 numbered 326.7 million.


• Canadians sent and received a total of 603.4 million text messages using Common Short Codes in Q4 2011.

• A total of 2.8 billion Common Short Code messages were sent and received by Canadians in 2011, up from the 2.3 billion messages in 2010.

Here is an image of text messages by quarter:

…and here is the data yearly–note the massive jump from 2010 to 2011:

These are text messages sent from cellphones and doesn’t include data-reliant messaging services such as iMessage or WhatsApp. Factor those numbers in and it will reveal even more how the ‘phone call’ is dying.

How many texts do you send per day?


  • and this does not include whats app, imessage and bbm etc… 

  • Yup. Those numbers would be huge.

  • JMCD23

    I send about 200 a month. I think it is a shitty form of communication. It’s great for simple things but that’s about it. It’s a shame people are so hesitant to actually use their phone as a phone any more. 

  • I know. It’s like ‘only call me if you’re on fire’ is the attitude by some. OK!

  • JMCD23

    Text 911 – “I’m on fire!!”

  • prybar

    And just think. Each and every one of those is stored for up to 3 years. I know it sounds far fetched, but I’ve spoken with the privacy commissioner of Ontario personally, who assured me it was legal.