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Seven Weekly Stats: The State of Global Mobile Communications

March 24, 2015 by

Often times, I review the state of communications from a niche or particular market perspective in my weekly stats post. And with good reason: it is both interesting and informative to know the different ways that interactions are conducted in various verticals, geographies, and consumer markets. However, there's something that is even more interesting to examine: the ubiquity which mobile devices are owned and used in our modern day world. As such, I figured that it might be useful to examine the state of mobile communication from a global perspective. Hopefully you'll be intrigued by these facts, as I certainly was in writing this post.

Here are seven statistics that show just how much mobile devices are shaping the way we communicate:

1. There are 310 million cellular phone subscriptions in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, that's more than one per person. (Statista) (Tweet this)

2. The fact that 56 percent of adults in the U.S. have a smartphone proves that they are no longer for the wealthy or tech-savvy; their existence is prominent in many industries, classes, and geographies. (Pew Research) (Tweet this)

3. Texting is an important part of our mobile lives, but just how big is it? Large enough that globally, 192,000 SMS messages are sent per second. (Statista) (Tweet this)

4. The world's leading country for web pages accessed through mobile devices sees 76 percent of pages loaded in that manner. The country? You might be surprised to learn it's Nigeria. (We Are Social) (Tweet this)

5. There are 4.88 billion mobile phone users worldwide, or roughly 2 in 3 people. (Statista) (Tweet this)

6. We spend more time on the Internet with our mobile devices than we do with our desktops. (comScore) (Tweet this)

7. Finally, you've heard it before, but it's worth repeating—there are more mobile devices on the planet than people. Given that not every country boasts ownership rates like the U.S. does, that's even more incredible. (GSMA Intelligence) (Tweet this)

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