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1 Billion cellular subscribers.
Yep according to latest news, there is 1 Billions cellular subscribers.
lazerzubb




msg:931464
 9:50 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

According to This report [mosmicro.com]

Interesting facts if you ask me, since this shows a little bit how popular mobile phones is, and how many units there will be, of course this is just estimates, but still this shows some of the future and why we will integrate more of the PDA in to mobile phones.

I think companies will focus more on the mobile phone side and integrating the PDA with the mobile phone, since the mobile phone is already in every mans/woman’s pocket, therefore they won’t have to market the PDA, and they save money. But this is just MHO.

 

Xoc




msg:931465
 10:32 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think that number has to be inflated. That is 1/5th of the entire planet, including children and those that can't afford their next meal, much less a cell phone. Maybe 1 billion manufactured pieces of hardware since they were invented, but I doubt that there are 1 billion current subscribers. If so, then there is absolutely no growth left in the cell phone market despite what their charts say.

You sometimes have to do a reality check. Like when Wilt Chamberlain said that he'd slept with 20,000 women. I did the math and came up with 3 different women a day since he was 12 years old. The math doesn't work.

(edited by: Xoc at 10:36 pm (utc) on Mar. 27, 2002)

brotherhood of LAN




msg:931466
 10:35 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have heard suggestions about implementing micropayments to coincide with mobile phones

If one fifth of the world has a mobile, then sounds like micropayments could be easy through a mobile phone! I wouldnt mind hearing on that.

I think the number for the UK is 2/3 people have a mobile, so I think the billion number pans out OK when considering wealth/population of the rest of the world

I dont think it will take into account the tremendous rate that mobile phones are being stolen at or the ones that have been lost. (Out of one billion supposed users, how many would get lost/stolen each day?)

I just wonder how important the mobile phone market will be in regards to the online medium

lazerzubb




msg:931467
 7:26 am on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Xoc, 1 Billion subscribes, not USERS, i think 15% of the worlds population has a mobile phone.
1 User can have many subscriptions.
Also i think the world population is a bit over 6 Billion now.

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