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Mobile Phones Now Outnumber Humans in the U.S. By 10 Million

Authored by: Steven Blum — Oct 12, 2011

(Do Americans buy extra cell phones because we're secretly schizophrenic???)

According to the latest survey from CTIA, there are now more mobile devices in the US than there are humans to speak into them. This insane factoid is due to a recent rise in wireless subscriptions by nine percent over the previous year, to a total of 327.6 million. In contrast, the populations of the US (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands) is around 315 million.

With a nationwide wireless penetration rate of 103.9 percent, it appears as if at least 10 million Americans have wireless subscriptions for two phones. Either that, or there are a whole lot of currently undocumented immigrants using cell phones in the U.S.

Text messaging, even with apps like Whatsapp on the rise, continues to be a big business, with 1.138 trillion sent in the past year– an increase of 16 percent. Not surprisingly, data traffic for most wireless subscribers has doubled since last year.


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Source: Washington Post

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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