Half the World Has a Mobile Phone

By: Andy Adams

It is commonplace these days to own a mobile phone. The convenience and safety appeals of mobile phones means that children of six years old now possess them as well as their parents and grandparents. Since 1983 with the first mobile phone released by Motorola, (The rather cumbersome DynaTAC 8000x) Mobile phones have come along way in both design and the technical workings inside.
Mobile phones now are less than a fifth the size of the first generations of mobile phones, with many of them now fulfilling the roles of other gadgets such as digital cameras and music players. It's no surprise now that it is believed that there are over 3.3 billion Mobile Phone subscriptions worldwide, that's roughly half the population of the planet!
Initially it was believed that there were 2.68 billion in circulation, however Informa's recent study shows that it's long since past the 3 Billion mark.

Although these figures are indeed impressive it is worth noting that this figure shows that 59 countries have over 100% mobile phone penetration, this implies that a large number of people currently own multiple mobile phones. In this day and age it is quite common for people to have a mobile phone for work use as well as a personal line too.
In the US it is estimated 84% of residents will own Mobile Phones by the end of 2007 and 18 - 20% of this percentage will own multiple contracts.
It is estimated with the difference in the mobile phones market that the UK could have even greater numbers than this despite having a smaller population. It's not hard to see since everywhere we go we see people talking into or tapping away on their mobile phones.
With more and more high-end Mobile Phones coming out every month the price of these devices is becoming more and more appealing with Pay As You Go mobile phones now costing under ?100 and still maintaining all the impressive specifications of the latest Pay Monthly handsets.

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