According to a new forecast issued by market analysis firm ABI Research, worldwide mobile messaging services revenues will increase from $151 billion in 2008 to more than $212 billion by 2013, FierceMobileContent reports.
“Mobile messaging ARPUs are 85 percent-plus of all handset data services revenues regardless of region and will remain so for many years,” said ABI Research principal analyst Dan Shey in the article. “As messaging involves all the biggest players in the mobile industry there will be incentives for all mobile messaging suppliers to work cooperatively to serve customers well and propel all parties through these rough economic waters.”
The report said that a growing number of customers view mobile messaging as a more efficient means of communication than voice services, so mobile services will remain important even during the economic crisis as folks stay mobile while seeking out work.
This builds on last week’s report about how GPS-enabled, location-based social networking will skyrocket in the coming months and years.