There Are Now 6 Billion Active Cellphones Worldwide

There Are Now 6 Billion Active Cellphones Worldwide

“The number of active cellphone subscriptions worldwide is more than six billion, according to data from the International Telecommunications Union. The cost of mobile data is shrinking, too, letting more people in developing countries get online.

First reported by Ars Technica, the data comes from the ITU’s annual report, which took a broad look at how mobile technology is changing worldwide. In places like Brazil, Ghana, Rwanda and Kenya, cellphone adoption saw double-digit growth in 2011. China and India account for 1 billion cellphone subscriptions each.

Mobile technology is also helping more people in developing countries get online. The cost of home broadband can be as much as 40% of a household’s monthly income in developing countries, but mobile broadband is cheaper and more accessible, at least for limited data packages. Mobile broadband adoption was at 32% globally and 24% in developing countries in 2011.”

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