LA TIMES -- Nov 10 -- Tech-savvy singles are now relying on cell phone-based services to find new dates and friends. Americans send about 75 billion SMS a month. In the U.S., about 143m wireless subscribers have GPS on their phones, according to Nielsen Mobile, and there were 43.3m active mobile Internet users in August. Juniper Research projects that the mobile dating industry will see $1.4 billion in global revenue by 2013, from $330m in 2007 (much of that business currently comes from Japan, where mobile dating is already very popular). MeetMoi is a mobile dating service that shows singles which potential mates are nearby so they can text each other to meet up. Mobile companies such as Loopt and Earthcomber help members use their phones to search for others nearby with similar interests, such as cycling or hiking.
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