SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Largent, CTIA’s CEO, has shared a few stats with the crowd before keynotes took place the past two days:
— There are 243 million U.S. subscribers, totaling about 80 percent of the population. Four years ago, there were fewer than 160 million U.S. subscribers.
— 1 billion text messages are sent every day in the U.S.
— 472 million picture messages were sent in June, a 125 percent increase over last year.
— Data revenue makes up about 15 percent of carrier revenue today.
— Oct. 13, 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of the first commercial wireless phone call. As part of that, Largent asked people to go to ctia.org to vote for the top 10 biggest events in the past 25 years.