It’s nearly impossible to find anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone across most of the developed world. They seem to be everywhere.
It’s estimated that more than 5 billion people own mobile phones around the world today and over half of those connections are with so-called ‘smartphones’. Just last year, Pew Research conducted a survey of smartphone ownership rates in a number of countries. The findings varies considerably. Check out the chart below.
In the United States for example, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t own a cellphone. Pew found that 13 percent of U.S. respondents owned a basic mobile phone while only 6 percent did not own any handset at all in 2018. It’s a very different story here in Canada, with a surprising 25% of respondents saying they didn’t have any kind of mobile phone, not even a low tech flip phone.
Which begs the question… Why? Is it because the cost of ownership of any cell phone is too high? Is it because so many of us still insist on having land lines? Any other theories?
Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/16937/