The U.S. has three times as many smartphone users as the U.K. has people

The U.S. has three times as many smartphone users as the U.K. has people
Smartphones have finally started outselling feature phones, and smartphones are taking off in certain regions. Taking a look at the top 15 countries ranked by smartphone penetration, you may see a few countries that you didn't expect to. The U.S. clocks in at number 13 on the list, tied with Canada at just over 56% smartphone penetration.

Of course, the fact that the U.S. is number 13 is quite impressive, because it is by far the most populous country on the list. The second most populous is the United Kingdom, which has about one-fifth the population of the U.S., and has 62% smartphone penetration. In fact, at 56.4% smartphone penetration in the U.S., that would mean somewhere around 180 million people on the U.S. have a smartphones. So, that would mean there are almost three times as many people with smartphones in the U.S. as there are people living in the U.K. 

If you asked around, we would guess that South Korea would be widely assumed to be number one on this list, but Samsung's home was beaten out by less than 1% by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE of course does have the benefit of having under 8 million people living there, which makes it easier to get 73.8% smartphone penetration.

source: Mashable



1. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Great title. Made me Lol.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

UAE They are rich ™

3. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

now who has the most expensive plans?

14. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

you mean, who is being more robbed ?

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

A sample size of 1,000 for a country of about 325 million? It's been a while since I've taken Stats, but I doubt that's a size worthy of statistical significance.

5. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I've mostly stop giving a hoot about articles on PhoneArena. I got to say though, you're one of my favorite black people and my favorite commentator on PA.

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Are you sure the sample size of your survey for favorite black people and favorite commentator is big enough to carry statistical significance? In all seriousness though, 1000 is a pretty small sample size, I thought the average was about 5000 to lower the chance of anomalies?

7. g2a5b0e unregistered


10. willard12 unregistered

I think Al Sharpton is favorite.

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013


8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Where is Japan?

9. pinkpanzer

Posts: 11; Member since: May 27, 2013

and more proof yet that smartphones only make people stupider

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Small countries are mostly at the top. Great to see. What are the nos. of China and India?

12. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

baring in mind about 40% of chinese still live in rice paddies in the country im gonna say it wont be near the top...

13. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

What bout German?

15. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

where is China? India? Pakistan?

17. wizzardtech

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

China, India, Pakistan Philippines etc. have a little smartphone penetration due to the fact that average people cannot afford one. They only earn average salary of $100-300 monthly so a $40-100 cellphone is enough for them. As long as they can call and txt, thats all that matters.

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