Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Their thumbs sure must be sore.
Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a
text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a thumbs-flying total of
217,000.
For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for
$26,000.
Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their
unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade, so
Andes didn't expect such a big bill.
"It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me," he said
Tuesday. He said he "panicked" and called T-Mobile, which told
The Associated Press it had credited his account and was
investigating the charges.
The two Lancaster-area residents have been practically nonstop
texters for about a decade since they attended Berks Technical
Institute together.
That led Andes to search for the largest monthly text message
total he could find posted online: 182,000 sent in 2005 by Deepak
Sharma in India.
Andes and Klinger were able to set up their phones to send
multiple messages. During a February test run they found they could
send 6,000 or 7,000 messages on some days, prompting the March
messaging marathon.
"Most were either short phrases or one word, 'LOL' or 'Hello,'
things like that, with tons and tons of repeats," said Andes,
reached by phone.
Andes sent more than 140,000 messages, and Klinger sent more
than 70,000 to end the month with a total of just over 217,000, he
said.
A spokesman for Guinness World Records didn't immediately return
messages asking whether it would be certified as a record.
April came as a relief to Andes' wife, Julie, who had found his
phone tied up with texting when she tried to call him on lunch
breaks.
"She was tired of it the first few days into it," Andes said.


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