Global trends in mobile telephony

There are reports today of projections for mobile phone ownership globally.

Specifically, ITU (the UN’s telecoms agency) predicts that more than half the world’s population will own a mobile phone this year.

This is phenomenal! Even accounting for errors in the data – people who own more than 1 phone for instance – this is amazing to consider. 3.3bn mobile phone subscriptions.

My first phone was a cutting edge Nokia 8110 – IIRC it cost $1499 to buy on a $70/month plan with Telstra in 1996… Ah, such memories…

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