In a development that should surprise no one, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association has revealed that mobile phones are more popular in the U.S. than ever. 25.7 million new users were added last year, which is the most ever. That represents a 14% growth in total users to 207.9 million, or 69 percent of the population. In other words, if you don’t have a mobile phone in the U.S., you are part of a rapidly shrinking minority. Interestingly, 6% of respondents to the service use only a wireless phone in their homes, having given up landlines. That number is certain to grow rapidly in coming years.
Though 207.9 million seems like a lot of users, it pales in comparison to some countries. China, for example, had 393 million users at the end of the year. Their largest provider, China Mobile, had more subscribers than all of the U.S. – 246.7 million. Worldwide, the total subscriber count passed 2 billion last year.