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Staggering figures show the growth of mobile phone usage

2011 figures show that there are a staggering 5.6 billion mobile phones in the world. That means that almost eight out of ten people on the globe now own a mobile phone. And, as technology has developed over recent years, people are doing more with their mobile devices.
Here, we examine some of the most interesting statistics regarding mobile phone usage worldwide.
More mobile phones in the UK than people
China, India and the USA lead the world mobile phone market. There are over a billion mobile phones in China, over 900 million in India and over 300 million in the USA. The UK is ranked 16th in the world list and there are now more mobile phones in the UK than people.
Two hundred trillion text messages are received in America every single day while the average American teenager will see in excess of 40,000 texts every year.
Growth of mobile Internet usage
It may surprise you to learn that the most common use of a mobile phone is to tell the time. Texting comes second, although new figures show that increasing numbers of people are using their mobile phones to browse online.
According to a recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 55 per cent of adults in the USA that own a smartphone are using their handsets to go online.
And, the figures are similar in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost half of UK Internet users are going online via mobile phone data connections. 45 per cent of people said they used the Internet on their mobile phone, compared with 31 per cent in 2010.
A fifth of all YouTube views are now from a mobile device while eBay sells an item via a mobile device once every two seconds.
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