|Doug Klinger pauses to send a text message while being photographed with Nick Andes at Good Impressions Inc.|
Photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were surprised by their phone bill as they were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade.
"It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me," Andes told The Associated Press.
The two have been practically nonstop texters for about a decade since they attended Berks Technical Institute together.
That led Andes to search for the largest monthly text message total he could find posted online: 182,000 sent in 2005 by Deepak Sharma in India.
Andes and Klinger were able to set up their phones to send multiple messages. During a February test run they found they could send 6,000 or 7,000 messages on some days, prompting the March messaging marathon.
"Most were either short phrases or one word, 'LOL' or 'Hello', things like that, with tons and tons of repeats,' said Andes, a messenger and title clerk who loads trucks for UPS in the morning.
Andes sent more than 140,000 messages, and Klinger sent more than 70,000 to end the month with a total of just over 217,000, he said.
Guinness World Records has not yet responded to the pair's record-setting attempt.
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