IM to Overtake SMS?

IM to Overtake SMS?

ZDNet Asia, via, brings news that some analysts believe instant messaging will overtake SMS in a few years' time to be the main non-voice messaging application for mobile devices. Ovum's John Delaney believes this will happen in the next five years in Europe, but James Enck of Daiwa and eurotelcoblog believes operators' traditionally poor sense of interoperability could stop them from capitalizing on this shift, according to ZDNet.

It seems a bit optimistic to expect this shift to take place based largely on the slow growth of SMS at this point, and Enck is dead on that operators will probably drop the ball as they do with so many other opportunities. Mobile IM has a long way to go before it knocks SMS, which succeeded largely based on its simplicity, ease-of-use and simple billing, out of the game.

| May 26th, 2006 | Posted in Forecasts |

4 Responses to “IM to Overtake SMS?”

  1. adipex Says:

    i think im will overtake sms. come to think at cost, it’s much cheaper. one problem though, i don’t think sms will disappear. will continue to function as it is. sms are very important i think. when you want to say something and don’t want feedback on that you send a sms.

  2. tramadol Says:

    i forgot to add that there was some kind of IM a few years ago called simply “chat”, based on sms-es. it was hard to get along with, but hey, it was a start, wasn’t it?

  3. phentermine Says:

    why should IM overtake SMS? IM is for kids and especially for new-generation kids. it’s just them who want everything to be super fast. where’s the rush?

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