March 11 2010|08.22 AM UTC

Erik Chang

Mobile Phones Worldwide – By the Numbers

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Even in developing countries, most people in the world now rely on mobile phone service. Not surprisingly, the largest mobile carriers in the world generally service the largest countries in the world. However, the data reveals a few surprises. Here’s a look at who is using mobile service around the world, which providers are used and how people are using their mobile devices.

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Mobile Phones Worldwide - By the Numbers

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Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Vodafone, an f not a p


Wes May 6, 2010 at 5:03 pm

So according to this data, 3 out of 10 smartphone users are paying 30 a month for a data plan and don’t even use the internet? Half of all smartphone users do not use apps? Maybe I’m reading this wrong- on the other hand dumb people go buy HDTV’s and watch the same old SD signal thinking it’s HD so who knows!


thebigthinker May 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Hey Eric,

Thanks for sharing this information, it is mind-boggling to realize how far we have come as a people, as a result of the huge strides that we have made using telecommunication technologies that were now available 50 years ago.

I like the way you have presented it also, it is very easy to understand and follow.

By the way things are going, the 5 Billion subscription mark will be surpassed in a very short time.

Greta work man, keep it up.

To Your continued success.


Anonymous May 7, 2010 at 2:01 am

67% is a good number, but for everyone’s voice to be heard, we’ve got to get a phone in the hands of 100% of the pop.


chuck May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Not all smartphones require a $30/mo data plan. Most of the newer phones do though. Also those users not using the “internet” probably means they still use it to check email (Think blackberry).

You’re right. There are people who have HD tvs and don’t pay the little extra for the hd cable/dish or downgrade the quality by using the wrong connections. I know some friends and relatives who were doing that when it first came out.

The stats that say “average” aren’t very telling. They can mean anything.


IGMorrison May 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

My best mate has a 2 1/2 year old. She has her own i-touch, can pull up the videos she wants to watch on youtube and I’m sure will have her own mobile long before 8. To think I was 18, you never forget your first….


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