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75% of the world's population owns a cell phone

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75% of the world's population owns a cell phone
According to a new survey by the World Bank, around 75% of the world's population now owns a cell phone. That's some quite impressive penetration rate, if you ask us, although we'd love to see this number climb up to as much as 100%!

Meanwhile, all these phones around the planet account for the over 6 billion mobile subscriptions in use currently. With the population of the world estimated at around 7 billion people, it quickly becomes apparent that there are quite a few people out there with more than one subscription. Now, it's just a matter of time before the number of total subscriptions in the world surpass the number of people, which doesn't mean much (except for the fact that people love phones), but it's still interesting to know.

Interestingly of all 6 billion active mobile subscriptions, it turns out that 5 billion are in developing countries. Obviously, people from those markets are using their handsets for more than just talk and text. According to the report, users are taking advantage of their mobile devices to start and manage new businesses and enhance their lifestyles, while their governments are using mobile technology to improve important stuff like service delivery and citizen feedback mechanisms.

There are some wonderful examples of how mobile technology can improve our lives dramatically. Not that we didn't know it, but it's good to remember it from time to time, isn't it?

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posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:35 1

1. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)


100% is quite impossible, take into account the poor, sick, very old and very young individuals who can't use mobile phones.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:07 2

4. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


umm.....the number of subs may be equal to population if some people have more than one subscription

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:30 1

6. Veigald (Posts: 226; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Or higher, even. Phone penetration in countries like Norway, Sweden, Netherlands etc are up to 130%.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:46

2. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


How many of these 75% own iphones,androids,windows phones,etc?

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:47

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1342; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I bet only 20% own a smart phone

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:00

8. DogsGoMeow (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 May 2012)


agreed :)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:27

5. JunitoNH (Posts: 838; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I find those numbers very difficult to believe. By choice, I refuse to purchase a smartphone. Anyway, the actual number is probably around 33%. If you travel, you know those numbers are a total fabrication. Maybe around the teen-young demographics holds true.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 09:33 2

9. DechyX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2011)


cellphone... not smartphone

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 16:57

11. JunitoNH (Posts: 838; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


****edit***

thank you for the correction, cellphone it's. Number still too high. Anyway, gave you the thumb up, for doing the correction in a mature fashion. :)

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:21

12. DechyX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2011)


:-) no problem

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:41 1

7. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


That's a big number! Who would've expected that two decades ago?
But then no one expected Nokia to go near broke 17 years ago. ;)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 10:48

10. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I believe smartphone percentage will jump dramatically once the developing world moves to 3G/4G networks. In most developed countries it's already over 50%. Just need the data networks to catch up...

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