Tuesday, July 12, 2005

It’s official: more cellphone lines than landlines in the US

The FCC just released a report confirming that as of late last year the number of cellphone lines in the U.S. officially surpassed the number of landlines, [via Engadget]

According to the LA Times, the number of mobile-phone users in the U.S. surpassed the number of conventional land-based phone lines in the second half of 2004, the government said Friday.

"By the end of the year, there were 181.1 million cellphone subscribers, compared with 177.9 million access lines into U.S. homes and businesses, the Federal Communications Commission said in a biannual report."

Some other countries where cell phones outstrip landilines:

-- Cellphones outstrip landlines in India

-- More mobiles than fixed phones in China

-- Mobile users overtake landlines in Arab Countries

-- Norway's Mobile Telephony

and wild:

-- More cell phone subscriptions than inhabitants in Sweden

Via SmartMobs

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