Global cell phone use at 50 percent

Worldwide mobile telephone subscriptions reached 3.3 billion -- equivalent to half the global population -- on Thursday, 26 years after the first cellular network was launched, research firm Informa said. Since the first Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT) networks were switched on in 1981 in Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Norway, mobile phones have become the consumer electronics sector with the largest volume of sales in the world.

"The mobile industry has constantly outperformed even the most optimistic forecasts for subscriber growth," Mark Newman, head of research at Informa said in a statement. "For children growing up today the issue is not whether they will get a mobile phone, it's a question of when." In recent years the industry has seen surging growth in outskirts of China and India, helped by constantly falling phone and call prices, with cellphone vendors already eyeing inroads into Africa's countryside to keep up the growth.

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Well I have 13 lines to me :S (almost 3 of each operator here)

I use 1 of them though

and of all the people I know 70% of them have 2-3 lines with 10-20lines extra on their name which they dont use :)

so id say not half the world, 15% maybe

Do "subscriptions" include if you have multiple phones as one subscription or as multiple subscriptions? because if its multi phone per 1 sub then its over 50%...

Ah, but that's the problem. I know loads of people who have a regular mobile, a Blackberry, and something else - perhaps an mp3 player.

We need to consolidate ALL of this into a single device which does all things well, or at least approaches decently the effectiveness of each specialized device.

LTD said,
Ah, but that's the problem. I know loads of people who have a regular mobile, a Blackberry, and something else - perhaps an mp3 player.

We need to consolidate ALL of this into a single device which does all things well, or at least approaches decently the effectiveness of each specialized device.

It's called iPhone I tried a few phones and the one I liked best for mp3 support was the iPhone.
It's nice to see the iPhone didn't skimp out on the camera, glad that's there too but 3mp is needed to make it top notch.

thenay said,
It's called iPhone I tried a few phones and the one I liked best for mp3 support was the iPhone.
It's nice to see the iPhone didn't skimp out on the camera, glad that's there too but 3mp is needed to make it top notch.

Simple equation for what you want. If you want to listen to music, get a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. If you want a decent camera, get the LG Viewty or the Nokia N95. If you just want to look like you're loaded, then go for the little iPhone. I'm not kidding, it is tiny! It's terrible for a phone so small to have a touch screen without a stylus.

Reporters and research firms need to do more research.
Cellular networks have been in use since the early 70's- a little beyond that '26 years after the first cellular network was launched' claim. AT&T / Bell labs launched a network in '78- that'd be 29 years ago, if my math is correct. Finland launched a network in '71: 36 years ago.

Impressive as the statistics are, they are even more impressive considering the proper facts and history behind them, including the rival technologies and manufacturers involved.