New Year revellers say it by text
A kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve is no longer enough for partygoers celebrating the turn of the year, with millions now sending text messages as well.
A bumper number of texts is expected to be sent on Friday night, with over 25% more than last year predicted by one mobile phone network.
Orange said it had seen an increase in SMS traffic on January 31 for the past two years, with a record 159 million messages likely to be fired off by customers during this year's celebrations.
An Orange spokesman said: "We expect to see a record number of text messages being sent, as customers start the New Year with a festive message to their friends, family and colleagues."