Others seek practical uses, such as the high school principal in Chelyabinsk who launched an SMS information service for parents to update them on their kidsâ€™ grades and school absences.In one case, a policewoman in Krasnoyarsk, used SMS to lure a fraud suspect out with a flirty text message, eventually leading to his arrest. It’s harder to grasp why Russia has more women than men.
Russia lost over 29,000,000 during that conflict, most of them men.
In rural areas with few landlines, cell phones are often the only means of communication, but, given lower income levels in rural areas, only 47 percent of village residents are said to have cells.
In the more affluent cities, penetration is over 75 percent.
Providers capitalize on this addiction, launching SMS games, dating portals, competitions and paid SMS services.
Some go crazy, like one Russian girl, who was reported to have spent over 00 on text messages for her boyfriend around Valentine's Day.