Pa. friends text 217,000 times

April 21, 2009 4:39:55 PM PDT
Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt and sent a thumbs-flying total of 217,000. The only hitch: even though 29-year-old Nick Andes and 30-year-old Doug Klinger have unlimited texting plans, Andes got a two-telephone-book-thick itemized bill, delivered in a box, for $26,000. After a "panicked" call, Andes says his cell phone company assures him he won't have to pay it.

Andes says the two Lancaster-area residents have ample time for messaging and have been practically nonstop texters for about a decade since they were in school together. That prompted Andes to search for the largest monthly text message total he could find online, 182,000 sent in 2005 by a man in India.

Andes says he sent more than 140,000 messages and Klinger sent more than 70,000 for their total of just over 217,000.

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