I remember staying in Japan in 2000 and vendors were already complaining about the explosion of sms traffic and feared the upcoming camera phone launch... note the first camera phones you had to attach the camera to the phone, it was not even built in... fast forward 10 years and look at these incredible mobile numbers.
"Worldwide mobile data traffic is due to increase 26-fold to 75 exabytes annually, says networking giant Cisco in its latest report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015. To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent of 19 billion DVDs, 536 quadrillion SMS text messages or 75 times the amount of global Internet IP data (fixed and mobile data) in the year 2000."
Forecasted an increase to 40 exabytes of mobile traffic by 2014. Exabyte it's 1 billion gigabytes.
Tablets in particular will generate 248 petabytes per month by 2015 - that's more than the entire global mobile network did in 2010 (237 petabytes per month)! The same will also be true for machine-to-machine connections - 295 petabytes in 2015. nytimes.com