Mobile phone technology, while not increasing the volume of data or the volume of communications received by an individual on a daily basis, certainly started to blur the boundaries of home and office and by working and vacations by making it possible to reach people everywhere. No longer was an employee “out of the office” as the office could travel with the employee wherever he or she went. Statistics on mobile phone usage are interesting. It shows that globally there are more than four times as many cellular subscribers as there are land lines. Even in the Americas there are three and a half as many cell phones as land-lines.
Mobile phone statistics state that:
- In 1985, there was less than half a million cell phone in use, now there are nearly 280 million
- 1.2 billion handsets are sold every year
- Over 150 million phones are being replaced every year
- On average, people use their cell phones for only 18 months
- 4,239,956 people are having a cell phone conversation at any given second in the world.
- Wireless revenues were more than 250 times greater in 2010 than in 2000
- 15% of Americans have interrupted sex to answer a cell phone call
- 32% of men and 23% of woman say the can’t live without their cell phone
- 27% of North American citizens used cell phones in 1999 – 93% of North American citizens used phones in 2010.