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More People To Have Mobile Phones Than Electricity

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, iOS, Smartphones
 
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According to a new study by tech giant Cisco, within the next 4 years expect 5.4 billion people around the world to own a mobile phone. What makes that so surprising is that only about 5.3 billion folks are expected to have electricity by then.

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And many of those folks will have more than one device, because Cisco estimates that there will be 11.6 billion mobile-ready devices out there.

Currently, nearly 65% of American adults own a smartphone. For many, it’s their sole means of accessing the Internet. According to findings by Pew research, 10% of those people say their phone is their only way of accessing the Internet.

Those with incomes under $30,000 a year are most likely to use their smartphone as their primary means of accessing the Internet, and African Americans and Latinos are 3 times more likely to use smartphones as their only Internet access than Caucasians.

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What do people do with their phones?  Around 60% use their phone for banking with a similar number using their phone to look up health information. Nearly 45% have used their phone for important tasks like looking for a new home or a new job. Almost 20% of those job-seekers have submitted an application using their phone.

Smartphones are especially popular among young adults. A whopping 85% of those 18-29 have a smartphone.

And don’t think smartphones are just for kids. Among users 50 and older, 92% use their phone for texting, 80% for surfing the Internet, 94% for voice and video calls and 87% for e-mail.

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While cell phones used to be considered something of a luxury item, that’s no longer the case. Around 80% of households below the poverty level have at least one cell phone.

A full 91% of U.S. adults report owning cell phones and for nearly 50% of the people, that’s the only phone for their home.

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “More People To Have Mobile Phones Than Electricity”

  1. Joyce says:

    I do have a smartphone and I mainly keep it for safety purposes as I travel alone in my car as a senior citizen. I keep up with the weather and spend waiting time playing games. I will not give up my land line until they make me. When the electricity goes out, I am one of the few people who still have a land line to use to make phone calls. I do, on occasion, use my phone for the internet but not as much as my laptop.

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