Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passageyou have just heard.
A.It may become cheaper.
B.It may disappear gradually.
C.It may be popular among tablet users.
D.It may become part of a monthly plan.
A.People can find lots of users worldwide.
B.People can send picture messages for free.
C.People can hear each other's voices.
D.People can express themselves in a quick way.
If you hear the sound of a phone in a bag or pocket, you could be forgiven for thinking that someone has received a text message. (23) But nowadays there are so many different ways of messaging someone that it could spell the death of the traditional text as we know it. Text messaging, or texting, is the art of sending a short, electronic message between two mobile phones or tablets. But in the last few years, messaging in this manner has been on the decline.
The rise of smart phones and tablets has seen an increase in the use of instant messaging apps, which offer a cheap alternative to conventional texts. Using wireless Internet connections or mobile data networks, people can send limitless numbers of messages to their friends for very little cost. (24) Unlike traditional mobile texts, the user usually only has to pay to download the app once, after which each message they send is free. Web developers soon got the message. Instant messaging apps have become popular all over the world. WhatsApp in America and Europe, WeChat in China and KakaoTalk in South Korea are but a few which have attracted hundreds of millions of people, who use the apps to chat to their friends in real time. (25) These apps allow people to send picture messages for free—something which previously was quite costly. Many of these apps also allow users to access a huge range of colorful emoticons and stickers, which are fun ways to help people express their emotions.
23. What is the possible future of the traditional text message?
24. What may people pay for sending instant massages?
25. What is the advantage of using instant message apps mentioned in the passage?
【小题23】短文中提到 there are so many differentways of messaging someone that it could spell the death of the traditional text as we knowit，也就是说，现代科技的发展造成了传统文字短信将来有可能消失的命运。因此答案为选项 B。
【小题24】短文中提到，在使用智能手机通过互联网发送消息时，the user usually only has to pay todownload the app once, after which each message they send is free，也就是说，下载应用软件可能是需要付费的，因此答案为选项 C。而智能手机和网络服务是必要的条件，不是可能要付费的，排除选项 A和B。
【小题25】短文在结尾时提到 These apps allow people to send picture messages for free，由此可知，能够免费发送图片信息是这些软件的优势之一。因此答案为选项 B。