264 characters in 77 seconds: how fast can you text?

How fast can you send someone a text message? Well, if your name is Cheong Kit Au from Australia that answer would be 264-characters in 1 minute 17 seconds.

Using a QWERTY mobile phone, that speed breaks the current world record by 43 seconds and makes Kit Au the fastest texter on the planet according to Guinness World Records.

But he hasn’t been crowned the LG Mobile Wordcup World Champion. That claim goes to sisters Cristina Sales Ancines, age 20, and Jennifer Sales Ancines, age 15, from Panama as the “World’s Fastest Texters.”

The championship, held at Gotham Hall in New York City, saw the new champions outlast competitors from 16 countries through a series of rigorous texting challenges to win $100,000 in prize money.

“We are thrilled to have won against the world’s best texters,” said Cristina Sales Ancines, on the news that she can move her fingers faster than most.

During the competition, players demonstrated their texting skills using the New LG Chocolate BL20 and the LG TOWN GT350, which served as the two official phones for the event.

Contestants from Korea, LG’s home country, placed second and took home $20,000, while team Brazil placed third, winning $10,000. In each round, contestants raced to be the first to type in phrases exactly as they appeared on nearby LG plasma screens, with no mistakes or abbreviations.

The selection of finalists for the LG MOBILE WORLDCUP began with a series of national texting contests in 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, South Africa, Thailand and the U.S.

Thirty two contestants were ultimately invited to New York for the grand finale.

Unfortunately Britain didn’t make it to the final stages.



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