Men set record with 217,000 text messages

April 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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MARIETTA, Pa., April 22 (UPI) -- A pair of Pennsylvania men said they broke a world record by exchanging more than 217,000 text messages in a single month.

Nick Andes, 29, of Marietta, Pa., and Doug Klinger, 30, of Berks County, said they texted each other nonstop from March 7 to April 6 to break the record of 182,000 text messages sent and received by India's Deepak Sharma in 2005, The (Lancaster, Pa.) Intelligencer-Journal reported Wednesday.

"Right now, I'm pretty much done with texting," Andes said Tuesday.

He said the record-setting feat nearly saddled him with a $26,000 bill from T-Mobile, despite his unlimited texting plan. He said the bill was waived but a spokeswoman for the company asked him to refrain from record attempts in the future.

"She told me it was a violation of their misuse and abuse policy," Andes said. "She wanted to know my intentions and to assure her this was a one-time thing ... They weren't as enthusiastic about this as everybody else seems to be."

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