: Two thirds of the world’s inhabitants now have mobile phones


hugh
2010-02-23, 05:36 PM
By the end of 2009, two out of every three inhabitants on planet Earth (4.6 billion) had a mobile phone subscription, according to UN Report released today (http://www.digitalhome.ca/2010/02/two-thirds-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-inhabitants-now-have-mobile-phones/)

JamesK
2010-02-23, 05:46 PM
^^^^
Of course, many of those inhabitants will have more than one, for example personal and work phones.

outinthornhill
2010-02-23, 06:12 PM
Somewhat related, the business press reported last week that cellphone rates are approaching 90% in Canada's major cities. Obviously the national rate is a lot lower. Many of us "city-folk" will have more than one phone which as drives up the numbers.

The point of the business press report is that the new wireless carriers will be fighting it out for market share in just those urban centres where the incumbents are well entrenched thanks, in part, to multi-year contractsand hardware subsidies.

hugh
2010-02-23, 06:13 PM
JamesK, if you read the article you will see that developed countries are at 113%.

JamesK
2010-02-23, 06:23 PM
According to what I saw elsewhere, in developing countries, it's common for someone to have a cell phone and then charge neighbours for making calls on it.

outinthornhill
2010-02-23, 08:43 PM
JamesK, if you read the article you will see that developed countries are at 113%.
And the wired-line penetration is probably about 10% in those very countries. It's sad with all the gneuine need in the third world, UN agencies continue to waste resources churing out such drivel.

mr weather
2010-02-24, 09:52 AM
Not to mention landline costs in many countries are prohibitively expensive and take an incredibly long time to provision for a customer.