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Are you the quickest texter?

LG Electronics (LG) has announced the kick-off of the LG Mobile World Cup South African Championship 2010, the world’s largest competition celebrating mobile culture culminating in an international tournament to find the world’s fastest texter.

Participants will be battling for a place in the World Championship to be held in New York in January 2011 to win the ultimate prize of USD 100,000.

Additionally, the fastest texter in the competition will have the chance to challenge the current Guinness World Records established last year by Pedro Matias of Portugal, who set a new world record by accurately texting a 264-character sentence in just two minutes.

Now in its third year, the LG Mobile World Cup continues to build on the success of the 2009 season with teams from over 20 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Philippines, the US, Venezuela and Vietnam.

South Africa will partake in the competition for the second time, after a colourful finish from two University of Pretoria students, Kgothatso Moerane and Natalie Witoslawski.

‚It was an amazing experience in that we got to compete against some of the world’s best. The competition also afforded us the opportunity to visit New York and make new friends,‚ enthused 22-year old Moerane.

This year’s competition will take on a fresh twist as new elements have been introduced. The texting video game — which was unveiled only at the World Championships last year — will now be part of the national competition.

How to enter:

Qualifying rounds will be held in September 2010. To enter, participants should log on to the WAP site using their phone’s browser.

Eight of South Africa’s fastest and most accurate texters will then go through and compete to win a total of R80,000.00 in prize money at the National Championship to be held at the end of September 2010. The two top texters will qualify to compete at the World Championship early next year.

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