Survey: Almost Every American Owns a Cell Phone

If we were to ask you what percentage of Americans do you think own a cell phone, what would you say? 35 percent? 50 percent? 75 percent!? If you said 75 percent, pat yourself on the back for picking the most obvious answer, but you're still wrong. The answer is D, 91 percent of Americans carry a cell phone.

That's according to the CTIA, which recently released the results of its semiannual U.S. wireless industry survey for the last half of the 2009. According the CTIA, there are over 285 million Americans who are mobile subscribers, which is 15 million more than one year prior.

That's great for wireless service providers, who benefited from $77 billion in total revenue for the last half of the year. And with the continued popularity of smartphones, it should come as no surprise that wireless data services grew the most, up 26 percent year-over-year to claim $22 billion.

Want some more numbers to chew on? How about this - Americans sent and received some 822 billion text messages, or 5 billion a day, for the second half of 2009, and over 1.5 trillion messages for the entire year. That's more than double the number of text messages in 2008.
Via:  CTIA
Inspector 4 years ago

Lol cell phones are the future, kids in elementary has phones now and while I was in elementary no one had "atleast the ones I know" :)

Wow at the last fact there... That's is a lot!!!

animatortom 4 years ago

Yeah when I was in school, people in college didn't even have Cell phones. You had to plan ahead to call and actually meet people. It also allowed us to get away with more when the parents came looking, and it allowed parents to sit without being disturbed or worry every five minutes :)

Now, I would say roughly everyone in the world has cell phones. Just like Sorny TV's. I am sure all that outsourced cell production allows everyone to copy and sell to everyone. Plus the influx of all the older generation of phones being passed to those who don't have them.

On top of that, those of us who pay the outrageous phone bills. A percentage of that goes to giving people Free phones...on welfare! And if they get a job they lose their phone. If that program was not in place our phone bills would probably be about 1/5th of the current bill.
Marius Malek 4 years ago

Cell Phones have their ups and downs. For me though they are very handy. I like the idea of having all the tools I need in one package. 

Calculators: I can't tell you how many times I've stood their trying to crunch numbers in my head before I had my first cell phone. Now its just, "Give me the Dimensions, the volume of this container is 55 cubic feet."

Alarm Clock: Seriously this is awesome. I don't wake up every morning to the same old and annoying drone of a BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP. I have a Blackberry, so I can just transfer media files over to my SD card and have custom alarm clock ringtones every morning. It's also nice to wake up to some inspiring music. Honestly a monotonous tone every morning would just get on my nerves and depress me. 

Texting: It's a way to talk without saying a word. Texting is still considering a form of human communication and interaction. Point A sends a signal that is received by point B, and vice versa. It's a great way to talk to someone without actually disturbing them. For instance, I can be texting someone who is hanging with a group of friends, and he/she doesn't have to disband from their group just because I want to talk with them. 

Mobile GPS: Life saver. Enough said. 

Easy Tipping Calculator: Seriously, this helps me in being honest and fair when I'm at a restaurant. 

Music: Thanks to my SD card I have utterly replaced all existing Mp3 players that have ever existed in my life. Not to mention that my phone has an earpiece jack so I won't disturb others. 

Internet: I have been stuck in many situations where I have been asked question that I don't know the answer to, or that I am in serious need of information and a computer is nowhere to be found. I finally have access to look up anything from my Blackberry. It's really helpful. For instance, in school the other day I had to fill in this reading chart sheet, and I had forgotten to fill in the numbers of pages this book had, and my teacher is a Nazi about those things, so I just went to and checked it in under a minute. Fantastic if I do say so myself. 

Okay I get it. I get excited over small features that phones provide. But look at the bright side, I have everything that I need in one electronic device. I don't need to carry around a laptop with wifi, a calculator, or have to go out and buy an alarm clock. Hell, when I move in to my own place I don't even need a LAN line phone. So buying these cellphones potentially saves people money as well. 

Don't get me wrong though, people are stupid with cellphones. Me? Pssh, I'm a responsible young lad. 

Regarding the 91%? It doesn't surprise me. Technology is the future bro. 

Zestia 4 years ago

1.5 trillion messages in 2009. That's just mind blowing. And the number is growing. One statistic I would be curious about is how many of the 91% are no longer using the first cell phone they purchased.

Inspector 4 years ago

Um most likely 90%-100% of the 91% there? :)

Der Meister 4 years ago

I have had one for the last 8 years. Its nice to have, but Its annoying sometimes to be contactable all the time.

Marius Malek 4 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]

I have had one for the last 8 years. Its nice to have, but Its annoying sometimes to be contactable all the time.


True. But it keeps the older generations away from you from calling every night. can't be looked up in a phonebook. 


digitaldd 4 years ago

I wish the older folks that insist on yelling into their phones on the bus or commuter railroad when ever they get a call would just stop.


And the conversation always starts, I'm on the cell phone.  LoL!

Inspector 4 years ago

Will older folks tend to have a harder time hearing so they scream in to the phone the way they hear it... which probably doesn't seem loud to them! its so annoying!

superhumanben 4 years ago

Being the statistics geek I am I wonder what the mean/median/mode/range character count is per text. I know a lot of companies are using text message to send alerts (IT professionals: alerts of servers down, etc).

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