My relationship with telephones has always been intense and even somewhat parasexual; they were, when I was a stir-crazy teeny-bopper in the English provincial 1970s, a symbol of freedom. Once, during a particularly dull period in my first marriage, I called a primitive sex chat line to see what it was like and was so excited by the transgressive nature of what I was doing that I actually came before anything dirty was said — literally during the phone listing. Why, then, am I the only person I know — apart from my husband — who does not possess and never has possessed a mobile phone?The drawings of carefree teenage girls with phones in their bedrooms I’d see in Jackie; sitting on the stairs for hours cooing with my current adolescent amour when we’d just said goodbye at the school gates; Doris Day films in which career girls living in Manhattan apartments meet dishy bachelors through shared ‘party lines’... I’m repelled by how stupid mobile phones make people look, yapping away ceaselessly into them in the street.SCMP staff reporters have examined the mobile messaging market in China, looking at both the dominant platforms and smaller firms jostling to carve out niche positions.Their inclusion in the below list is based on how innovative the apps are in terms of platform and services, as well as user base and popularity.Though no match to Whats App or Facebook messenger, which have over 700 million and 600 million monthly active users (MAU) worldwide, We Chat - with 500 million MAUs as of the end of last year - is without any doubt the top mobile chatting app in mainland China.Begun as a project at Tencent’s research and project centre in Guangzhou - away from its Shenzhen headquarters - in 2010, it caught on very quickly, growing to 50 million users in its first year.
In many European countries, for example France, Germany and the United Kingdom, it was common for organisations to operate customer service lines on premium-rate numbers using prefixes that fall outside the scope of the country's premium-rate number regulations.Everywhere I look I see needy pathetic people staring gormlessly into their mobile phones, people who don’t seem to be able to make any decision, however minor and irrelevant, without constant affirmation from these lame grown-up comfort blankets.Grown men riding huge mountain bikes on pavements have long been a pet hate, and I’m now so old and fearless that I yell as they draw level with me: ‘AH, IS DIDDUMS SCARED TO RIDE HIS TRIKE IN THE ROAD?I've tried every trick in the book: redownloading the app, restarting my device, checking my connection, flipping between Wifi and data, and resetting my password. Snapchat has a serious issue, or at least I think it does because I'm almost positive it isn't my phone, and it needs to be fixed ASAP!If anybody is having similar issues, please write a review so Snapchat knows that this is an URGENT PROBLEM.