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Cell Phone Subscribers Surpasses 6 Billion on Earth

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October 15, 2012 1:28:03 PM

Wow ! 86 out of 100. That's a lot more than I thought.
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October 15, 2012 1:48:02 PM

In reality it is much lower than 86 out of 100 people because these figures do not account for all the people walking around with multiple cell phones.

My company makes it policy for everyone to have a company issued iPhone and there are also a lot of people with company issued blackberries as well.

I am sure there are many corporate users with 2-3 cell phones.
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October 15, 2012 1:53:52 PM

Guess it won't be long until public payphones are something in the museum :/ 
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October 15, 2012 2:07:49 PM

cknobmanIn reality it is much lower than 86 out of 100 people because these figures do not account for all the people walking around with multiple cell phones.My company makes it policy for everyone to have a company issued iPhone and there are also a lot of people with company issued blackberries as well. I am sure there are many corporate users with 2-3 cell phones.

It says in the article : "approximately 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone"

It seems they took account of those using multiple cellphones. I think they where not just counting the activated cellhpones.
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October 15, 2012 2:30:22 PM

Oh right on Earth! I thought that rover thing found 6 billion subscribers on Mars...
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October 15, 2012 3:33:48 PM

im kind of dissapointed in this. Im all for progress and more people having better tech, but Im not in favor of the fact that billions of highschool/middleschool kids are going to school with smartphones(flip phones still exist, but to be honest kids wouldnt really dare to take a flip phone to school today). Im in college, and have been in college ever since the tabletphone craze began a few years ago, and the sheer amount of people I see walking around glued to the phones on campus and in class is ridiculous. I dont know if highschool is as bad as in my college where half the students have the phones on the desk during class connected to FB, but if its anything like that I really stand against kids having smartphones.
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October 15, 2012 3:47:43 PM

jankekeIt says in the article : "approximately 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone"It seems they took account of those using multiple cellphones. I think they where not just counting the activated cellhpones.


Please re-read the article I think you may have misunderstood.
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October 15, 2012 3:50:52 PM

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It says in the article : "approximately 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone"

It seems they took account of those using multiple cellphones. I think they where not just counting the activated cellhpones.
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It is poorly worded.

http://www.itu.int/en/newslog/Pages/default.aspx

The original article as linked above states subscribers not individual users.
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October 15, 2012 3:52:57 PM

This can't be right. I am inclined to agree with the guy who said they must be counting people with multiple phones. Either that or they took a survey of 100 people and they didn't have a very good pool of people to choose from. I've never been to Africa, Asia, or India, but I'm willing to bet there are quite a few impoverished people in those countries that owning a cell phone is just not on their priority list.
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October 15, 2012 4:45:24 PM

Maybe instead of a survey (I hate surveys) they could have polled all of the known major and some minor cellular service providers and asked how many customers they serve. AT&T and Verizon certainly don't have any reservations about boasting about the volume of their user base.
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October 16, 2012 7:36:38 AM

cknobmanPlease re-read the article I think you may have misunderstood.

I re-read it and I am quite sure they are talking about individuals (or subscrtibers) owning one or more cell phones.

I wouldn't be too surprised if the number of activated cell phones surpasses the number of people on earth. Because, as you say, there are a lot of people having 2 or more cell phones.

It would also interresting to know the total number of cell phones sold in history since the very first one. It must be a staggering number !
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October 16, 2012 11:05:09 PM

Capitalism is awesome... :) 

The poorest of the poor have cell phones.
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