Capetonians aim for podium in world text champs

2011-01-21 00:00

HOW fast can you type an SMS message? Anywhere close to seven characters per second?

This is the texting speed of two Capetonian texting stars who are jetting off to New York to represent South Africa at the 2010 LG Mobile Worldcup Championship finals in New York.

Olivia Burton (15) and Wilbur Hough (23) were crowned SA’s fastest texters at the 2010 National LG Mobile Worldcup Championship.

On January 26, the two texting hotshots will compete in this year’s Mobile Worldcup Championships where they will challenge 15 other countries for the $100 000 prize money (R710 420) which is up for grabs.

In last year’s tournament, the South African team came fourth in the numeric and QWERTY category out of 13 teams that took part, but Burton and Hough are aiming for a better position in this year’s championship, said Dr. Michelle Potgieter, Marketing Director of LG Electronics South Africa.

The two Capetonians will have to prove their mobile texting skills in six different challenges which include the newly introduced Touch Phone Games category.

The various challenges test the contestants’ individual and group speeds in addition to precision texting, which is measurable for each of the match missions.

The contender, who is able to break the existing mobile texting record of 7,25 characters per second, will also be recognised as the new Guinness Book of Records holder.

Today’s tweens and teens send about 1,2 million text messages a minute. — OC.

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