Soon there will be more phones than people
A new report courtesy of the World Bank says that currently there are over 6 billion mobile subscriptions, but that number “will soon exceed that of the human population.” That is pretty crazy to think about, especially considering that 12 years ago there were less than 1 billion.
While approximately 75% of the world’s population has a mobile phone, in many countries it is common for people to have more than one line. Between 2000 and 2010, subscription rates in low and middle-income countries increased at a mind blowing 1,500%!
The report notes that in these low- and middle-income countries it is the youth that is driving force behind the exponential growth. People under the age of 15 comprise 29% of the population in those nations. The World Bank says that developing countries are “growing richer, so more consumers can afford to use mobile handsets for more than just essential voice calls,” thus creating “unprecedented” opportunities for employment and education.
The study also points out that the rate of expansion we have seen attributes to lower prices and networks that double in bandwidth every 18 months. Overall, the study says the growth leads to more Internet access and high app downloads, which ultimately empower individual users and boost the economy as a whole. In short, since there is no underground Android army rising up (that we know of), more phones than us is a good thing.
1. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Read that carefully, then remember that carriers are limiting data...
Its a sick and sad joke...
An example is my LAND DSL line from AT&T, the s**ttiest company on earth! Im a gamer, and do work AT HOME, I have NO OTHER choice for internet (besides sat, and that wont do for VoIP work calls), I went over this month (Steam junkie, love the platform, the support and the stupid low prices, oh and the fact I can still download games I purchased when Steam was first in BETA (to include my Half-Life games!), and AT&T wants to "help me get my usage down"...
GO F**K YOURSELF AT&T... 150Gb my ass... prior to the stupid cap I was using 300-400Gb month easy!
Oh, and thats not that high actually, expecially when I repair PC's all the time WinBlows updates and Linux updates arent light, and am WAY too lazy to setup a WSUS server...
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
You don't say...
3. DWillyEfect (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Side note: that truck used to scare the s**t out of me when I was little.
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
And this is how Skynet starts........PHONES WILL BE THE END OF US ALL.
6. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
cellphone zombie apocalypse.
soon those shiny devices will be instaled in users' asses.
it's with you whereever you go
7. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
I can see the evolution of Earth to Matrix.