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21 Great Cell Phone Sales Statistics

Cell phones have become the must-have item for people around the world. Their growth has been exponential since its invention four decades ago. With changing technologies, the smartphone could become the most productive tool that anyone can own.

29% of people say that they look at their cell phone to start their day and it is the last thing they look at before going to bed.

Cell Phone Sales Facts

Remember when you’d have to get to a pay phone to speak with someone? How you could drive to work and not be disturbed by the cell phone ringing? Today’s kids have never seen such a world. These cell phone sales statistics prove that this technology really has changed the world.

  • Nielsen statistics show that 54.9% of US mobile phone owners have a smartphone as of Q2 2012.
  • In Q1 2013, smartphones [216 million of them] had more sales than regular cell phones [189 million] for the first time in history.
  • On average, 87% of adults in Western countries own a cell phone. 84% of them say that they can’t get through an entire day without checking their device at least once.
  • 2 out of 3 people in the 18-29 age demographic own a smartphone.
  • More than 500 million cell phones are sold around the world every year. There are also 3.3 billion cell phone plans that are sold by providers annually.
  • Americans will spend $1.8 billion on cell phones in 2015.
  • 18% of people say that they purchase a cell phone so that they can have the latest technology that is on the market today.
  • The percentage of people who they that they prefer by using SMS text messages: 32%.
  • 1 in 5 people today have asked someone out on a date by texting them on their phone.
  • 65% of parents today say that owning a cell phone or mobile device makes them a better parent.
  • Only 13% of people today see mobile technology as being a burden on society.
  • 85% of the smartphone industry worldwide operates on the Android system.

With more than half a billion cell phones sold annually and markets in Asia just starting to heat up, it isn’t unreasonable to think that by 2020, there could be 50 billion devices that are connected to one another in some way around the world. Why is this? Because the average person owns about 5 cell phones or similar mobile devices. For a family of 6 in the United States, this means there could be up to 30 different cell phones in the home. This technology has made the world grow smaller, but it might actually be making people grow further apart as a result too.

Why Do We Use Cell Phones So Often?

  • 9 out of 10 people use their cell phones at least 2x per week to search the internet for something. Mobile traffic has increased by 70% since 2012.
  • Out of the top 10 reasons why a cell phone is purchased, communicating with someone directly only comes in at #10. Even then it is under the guise of a video chat, which 9% of cell phone owners say they do twice per week.
  • 2 out of every 3 cell phone owners say that they regularly use their phone when they are watching television.
  • 68%. That’s the percentage of people who place their cell phone next to their bed.
  • Between Android and Apple platforms, more than 60 billion apps are downloaded every year.
  • 60% of Android cell phone users have never paid more than $1 to use an app.
  • 200 trillion text messages are received in the United States every year.
  • Up to 70% of some 911 emergency calls originate from cell phones that were inadvertantly dialed.

With over 1.2 million apps in the Apple store and similar amounts available on other platforms, the cell phone is taking over the PC market rapidly. People can stream movies to their cell phones today, check on live sports, read newspapers, and even subscribe to magazines. It’s an all-in-one communications center that doesn’t actually involve what it was initially invented to do: talk with people. There’s even a phobia that can be diagnosed for people who are afraid to actually call someone. What this means is that there is really only one question that is left to be asked: have you purchased your cell phone yet?

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