U.S. Cellular's Speed Text Tournament stopped at the Elkhart County Fair in Elkhart, IN, in July.

Peoria can text its way to $10,000

Text messaging has increasingly become a preferred way to communicate for people of all ages. Americans sent more than 1.5 trillion text messages last year, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. That’s about 5 billion text messages per day.

With all that practice, U.S. Cellular wants to put the texting skills of Peoria area residents to the test to find the country’s fastest texter. The U.S. Cellular $10,000 Speed Text Tournament is coming to the company’s new store at 4221 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria this Friday, Oct. 29 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fastest texter will win a $10,000 grand prize, and the second through fifth-place finishers will receive $500 gift cards. Participants compete individually or head-to-head using an HTC Touch Pro 2 handset.

The tournament features two U.S. Cellular full QWERTY handsets as the speed text game controllers. The game can be played by 1 or 2 players and contestants text in phrases that appear on the screens (with correct spelling and punctuation) using the handset controllers. Time decreases throughout each round and points are awarded on how quickly users can complete rounds.

Throughout the rest of 2010, the traveling tour will make stops at festivals, fairs, concerts and other U.S. Cellular retail stores. The event schedule and latest tournament rankings will be updated every Wednesday and Friday at www.uscellular.com/speedtext.

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