Five apps replacing text messages
Irish users: 800,000
The $19bn (€13bn) purchase by Facebook lets you text and picture-message people online for free using your phone numbers as your identifier. It recently added voice calls.
2. Facebook Messenger
Irish users: 1.2m
With over two million Irish Facebook accounts, it's no surprise that so many use Facebook Messenger as a way of chatting to friends instead of operator SMS texts.3. Snapchat
Irish users: 650,000
Insanely popular among teenagers and young adults, Snapchat's main features is that text and picture messages are designed to auto-delete after a few seconds.
Irish users: 1.05m
Viber lets you call and text for free on your phone. Like Whatsapp, it uses your phone number as your identifying account.
Irish users: 750,000
Almost half of Irish Twitter users say they use the service every day. While not as prolific for direct messaging as rivals, it's seen as a way to contact new acquaintances quickly.