On September 5, 2009, in a Cricket tent at the New York State Fair, Ben Cook set the fastest texter world record by tapping the Guinness Book of World Records phrase on his 31st attempt in 40.72, 40.91 and 41.31 seconds (unofficial times recorded by three judges). The videotape and signed affidavits from the judges were sent to Guinness World Records for verification and official time.
On June 16, 2009, 15 year old Kate Moore from Des Moines, Iowa, texted the phrase "Zippity Dooo Dahh Zippity Ayy...My oh MY, what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine Comin’ my way…ZippittyDooDahZippityAay! WondeRful feeling, Wonderful day!" in New York at the NEP Studios, in less than 60 seconds on the new LG enV3 phone at the LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) third annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship (lgtexter.com) and won $50,000 in prize money, after beating more than 250,000 participants nationally. Online tool for decoding text abbreviations: LG DTXTR.
On February 24, 2008, 18 year old Jeramy Sng Gim, a Republic Polytechnic student, at the "SingTel SMS Shootout 2008", Singapore Telecommunications' fourth fastest texter contest, tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 41.4 seconds.
On November 17, 2007, 17 year old Elliot Nicholls, in Dunedin, New Zealand, broke the Guinness fastest texter world record for tapping the Guinness Book of World Records phrase blindfolded twice, 51 seconds on his second attempt and then 45 seconds on his fourth attempt. The previous record was set by an Italian at 1 minute, 26 seconds in September 2006.
On December 19, 2006, Ben Cook, of Provo, Utah, while visiting Portland, Oregon, unofficially tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 41.00 seconds. Ben Cook is listed as being the world's fastest texter and record holder in the 2008 Guinness World Records Book.
On November 12, 2006, 16 year old Ang Chuang Yang of Singapore, at the "SingTel SMS shootout 2006", set the fastest texter world record by tapping the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 41.52 seconds.
On July 29, 2006, in a contest organized by Cricket (a/k/a Leap Wireless) at Water World in Denver, Colorado, Ben Cook set the fastest texter world record by tapping the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 42.22 seconds.
On August 7, 2005, an Indian Pushp Deep Pandey of Jaipur, Rajasthan, tapped India's fastest texter world record sentence: "Padmanabhapuram palace in Thiruvananthapuram, the former residence of Travancore kings is close to a tranquil and picturesque hill station in the Ponmudi hills." in 56.4 seconds.
On March 23, 2005, Craig Crosbie from Dumfries, Scotland, UK, at The Carphone Warehouse's flagship store in London, won the Sun Newspaper's fastest texter competition "The TXT Factor", by tapping the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 48 seconds.
On November 16, 2004, while on the air at KUTV News studios in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ben Cook tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 57.75 seconds.
On June 7, 2004, Kimberly Yeo, a 23 year old Singaporean woman, at the "SingTel SMS Shootout 2004", Singapore Telecommunications' fastest texter contest, at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Singapore, tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 43.24.
On May 6, 2004, James Trusler, 30, from Shoreham, West Sussex, on Australian TV, tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase in 67 seconds. James was recognized as the world's fastest texter in the Guinness Book of World Records since September 2002
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Millions of people have tried to become the world's fastest texter by memorizing the Guinness Book of World Records SMS phrase. The Guinness Record phrase: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.", is not an easy phrase to memorize and does not contain any numbers. India's fastest texter world record sentence: "Padmanabhapuram palace in Thiruvananthapuram, the former residence of Travancore kings is close to a tranquil and picturesque hill station in the Ponmudi hills.", is not an easy phrase to memorize and does not contain any numbers. The Font Phrase: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 1234567890" contains all the letters of the alphabet, all ten numbers and can be memorized in seconds. Tapping the font phrase three times will produce a 160 Character SMS phrase.
All SMS record holders tapped the Guinness Book of World Records phrase using the standard ITU-T E.161 keypad ("PQRS" on  key and "WXYZ" on  key).
The MultiTap Phone Keypad and input method is faster and requires less Multi-Tap key taps than Tegic's T9™ or XT9™, Motorola's iTap™, Etoni's LetterWise™ and Zi corp.'s eZiText™ or eZiType™.
Text messaging or texting, is a term to describe sending 160 character messages between mobile phones.
SMS stands for Short Message Service or Silent Messaging Service.
The transl8it website lists the SMS and text lingo words and phrases.
An experiment using Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman, showed that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving drunk. Being legally drunk added 4 feet to Alterman's stopping distance while going 70 mph, reading an email added 36 feet, and sending a text added 70 feet.
In an 18 month study, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute recorded the driving habits of more than 100 long haul drivers driving over three million miles. The Center for Automotive Safety Researchstudy shown that while the drivers were texting, their risk of crashing was 23 times greater than when they were not texting.
Mobile device manufacturers are in the process of placing speech recognition, speech to text and text to speech (TTS / speech synthesis) technologies into future cell phone products.
Using the menu key on a phone, the Thumb Keyboard is the only invention that allows a texter to enter data into a phone without looking at the device and makes it the "Smallest Keyboard in the World".