"Although mobile phones gave teens the privacy that they desired, most also needed to learn budget management since mobile calls were expensive. As a means of reducing costs, teens turned to texting, overlooking its awkwardness and turning it into a fashion. As texting gained in popularity, more teens started managing and organizing their daily activities via SMS (Oksman & Turtiainen, 2004) and even establishing romantic relationships (Horst & Miller, 2006)".
Adoption of Mobile Technology Lag in US
Cell phone technology was introduced in the early years following AT&T’s divestiture, so competing wireless companies developed incompatible standards that hindered interoperability, making roaming difficult (Gow & Smith, 2006). Source: