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Is Whatsapp Messaging Subsuming Conventional SMS?

Volume 1 - Issue 6, December 2017 Edition
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Author(s)
Silas Udenze
Keywords
WhatsApp, SMS, Social Network Sites, Social Media, ICT
Abstract
The surge in social media platforms have impacted greatly on information sharing. Similarly, communication is becoming cheaper by the day due to increased innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This article focuses on WhatsApp as an alternative for SMS. This article is anchored on scholarly review of literatures. Based on domestication theory, the theory provides valuable insights into how ICTs fit into different constructs of our day to day lives and routines. The paper concludes that WhatsApp messaging has surpassed conventional Short Message Service (SMS). In this light, mobile service providers are advised to be innovative in order to retain the relevance of SMS in communication.
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