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A happy side effect of the mobile revolution is an array of stunning stats.

By Sustainability . 08 May 2013

A happy side effect of the mobile revolution is an array of stunning stats.



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8000x


The Motorola DynaTA C 8000x, the original mobile phone, took over a decade to come to fruition; however, the original working model was created in only six weeks by a team of engineers. The haste was due to the company hearing that rival AT&T was considering making mobile phones.


Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com


1985


In the UK, veteran comedian Ernie Wise made the first mobile phone call on the Vodafone network on 1 January 1985. The first Vodafone mobile phone was the size of a briefcase and cost £2,000. It had a battery life of about 20 minutes.


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk


$50


$50 – the price point for smartphones to become affordable in the developing world, as announced at the 2012 Mobile World Congress by CEOs of several telecommunications companies.


Source: http://techcrunch.com


US OF TECH


85% of Americans in 2102 had a mobile phone. In contrast, 58% have a desktop computer; 61% a laptop computer; 18% an ebook reader; and 18% a tablet computer.


Source: http://pewresearch.org


Mobile data usage x40


In the UK, the amount of data used on mobile phone networks increased 40 times between 2007 and 2010.


Source: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk


48.9%


Almost half of the British population has a smartphone. The latest figure is 48.9%.


Source: http://www.email-marketing-reports.com

“An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are not three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” - Steve Jobs


1999


The first mobiles able to send email and use the web became available in April 1999.


Source: http://www.phonehistory.co.uk


1 billion


The one-billionth Nokia 1100 phone was sold in 2005 in Nigeria.


Source: http://www.nokia.com


Global texting


75% of mobile phone owners text, according to a study by the Pew Research Centre conducted in 21 countries. Texting is used around the world, but it is most common among cell phone users in Indonesia and Kenya – two of the poorest nations included in the survey.


Source: http://pewresearch.org


10%


An increase of 10 percentage points in mobile phone penetration implies a 0.6% difference in growth rates compared to countries with less mobile phones.


Source: The Power of Communications in Development, 2005

“When you get a mobile phone it is almost like having a card to get out of poverty in a couple of years.” - Muhammad Yunus


8 hours


The iPhone 5, launched in 2012, weighs a mere 112 grams and has up to eight hours of talk time.


Source: www.apple.com


60%


Four years ago less than 10% of Kenyans had a bank account. Now almost 60% do so thanks to M-Pesa. The mobile phone service has 14.9 million customers and can be accessed at more than 39,000 points of service. It transfers 10% of Kenyan GDP per annum.


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