All competitors participating in the competition in New York.

All competitors participating in the competition in New York.

Detail map of 명동, 서울특별시, South Korea,Brooklyn, New York, United States

A: 명동, 서울특별시, South Korea, B: Brooklyn, New York, United States

The World Texting Competition is Won by Koreans

1/14/2010
<p>Archived web page of the LG Mobile Worldcup 2010 World Championship New York Final Result.</p>

Archived web page of the LG Mobile Worldcup 2010 World Championship New York Final Result.

On January 14, 2010 the first LG Mobile World Cup SMS texting championship took place in New York. Teams consisted of two members; one competing using a QWERTY keyboard, while the other  using a numeric keypad. Thirteen countries participated in the 2010  competition: Argentina, Australia, Brazil,  Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States.

“ 'When others watch me texting, they think I’m not that fast and they can do better,' said Mr. Bae, 17, a high school dropout who dyes his hair a light chestnut color and is studying to be an opera singer.'So far, I’ve never lost a match.'

"In the New York competition he typed six characters a second. 'If I can think faster I can type faster,' he said.

"The inaugural Mobile World Cup, hosted by the South Korean cellphone maker LG Electronics, brought together two-person teams from 13 countries who had clinched their national titles by beating a total of six million contestants. Marching behind their national flags, they gathered in New York on Jan. 14 for what was billed as an international clash of dexterous digits" (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/world/asia/28seoul.html, accessed 01-28-2010).

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