bcookThis is about the texting contests that companies are hosting these days to promote their mobile devices and solutions. Interop Technologies, a provider of wireless solutions for messaging, will be hosting Ben Cook, a 22-year-old college student and text messaging champ from Utah. LG and Samsung also did it.

Ben, according to Interop, held the text messaging speed record in the 2008 Guinness World Records, but his time was later beaten. He’ll be at the CTIA Wireless 2009 Interop booth on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, as he attempts to reclaim the world record by accurately triple tapping this tongue-twisting paragraph in less than 41 seconds: 

“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.”

In a similar event hosted by LG Electronics in July last year, Nathan Schwartz defeated over 15,000 others to win the LG National Texting Competition in the US. On July 9, LG Electronics had invited some fastest texters from all over the country to New York City for the competition that was held second year in a row.

Samsung Mobile went in the sky for a texting contest. It attempted to establish the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Text Messaging While Skydiving.” A team of professional skydivers text messaged while freefalling from 12,000 feet outside the Los Angeles city limits at the Samsung Mobile XTREME TEXTING event.

In Ben’s case, two timekeepers, a videographer, and witnesses will be present to verify the outcome of his record-setting attempt. If Ben breaks the existing record on Wednesday, he will try for an even better time on Thursday. 

Ben will challenge CTIA attendees to speed text competitions between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm each day. Contestants must accurately triple tap one of several different messages Interop Technologies will provide about the company’s messaging, device management, and connectivity gateway solutions.

All contestants will receive a free t-shirt, and their names will be entered into a drawing for $1,000, just for participating. Anyone who beats Ben will win $500.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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  1. Inventor says:

    New invention: MultiTap Phone on MultiTapPhone.com requires 297 taps to produce the Guinness Book of World Records 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.”. Tegic T9 requires 332 taps. Patent filed on 5-5-09. How long till a cell phone is made using the MultiTapPhone.com invention?

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