“A cell phone in every hand” may soon be realized as Mediamark Research Inc. reveals that the number of U.S. households with three wireless phones increased by a whopping 95 percent from the spring of 2001 to the spring of 2002.
|U.S. Households with Cell Phones|
|Homes with One Cell Phone||30.6%||32.0%||+4.0%|
|Homes with Two Cell Phones||17.8%||24.2%||+36.0%|
|Homes with Three Cell Phones||5.1%||9.9%||+95.0%|
|Source: Mediamark Research, Inc.|
Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon-Wolff Associates, predicts that the average wireless household should have two or more handsets by July 2003. The firm found that among the 4,645 Internet users that were surveyed, 39.3 percent indicated that they owned two mobile phones, and 16.2 percent said they possessed three or more.
|Number of Wireless Phones
|Source: Solomon-Wolff Associates|
Scarborough Research found a 29 percent growth rate for cell phone ownership over the past two years with 62 percent of American adults owning a cell phone.
The areas with the highest concentration of cell phone ownership are: Houston (74 percent); Atlanta (73 percent); Honolulu (70 percent); Miami (69 percent) and Dallas (69 percent). Ranking on the low end with the least percentage of wireless adults are: Roanoke, Va. (49 percent); Albany, N.Y. (49 percent); Wilkes-Barre, Penn. (46 percent); Buffalo, N.Y. (45 percent) and Charleston, W. Va. (39 percent).
The upward trend is not exclusive to the United States, as data from the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force indicates a global increase in mobile phone penetration.
|Mobile Phones (per 1,000 people)|
|Egypt, Arab Republic||0||21|
|Hong Kong, China||130||809|
|Luxembourg||65||861||Malawi||0||5||Mexico||7||142||Morocco||1||83||Netherlands||35||670||New Zealand||101||563||Norway||225||751||Pakistan||0||2||Peru||3||48||Puerto Rico||77||237||Russian Federation||1||22||Saudi Arabia||1||64||Singapore||88||684||South Africa||14||190||Spain||24||609||Sweden||227||717||Switzerland||63||644||Thailand||23||50||Turkey||7||246||United Kingdom||98||727|
|Source: United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force|
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