Quick stat today as everyone takes off for the weekend. According to CTIA, wireless penetration in the USA as of June 2011 was 102.4%. As a comparison, 92% of the U.S. uses email (average email accounts per person ~3.5), and ~50% uses Facebook.

Maybe I am missing something here, but the stat description is: “# of active units divided by the total U.S. and territorial population (Puerto Rico, Guam, and the USVI).” Now, assuming that a certain percentage of the U.S. population (like people less than age 4) is not of cell phone owning age (when do they start counting people as population anyway?), I am lead to believe that this 102.4% number can only get higher.

This blows my mind. That means that in the U.S. the average person owns more than one cell phone. Please use them wisely (unlike that bus driver).

Some other stats from the CTIA study:

  • 322.9M Subscriber connections (up 147% from 2006)
  • 29.7% Wireless only households (up 283% from 2006)
  • 2.25 trillion annual minutes used (up 134% from 2006)
  • 196.9 billion monthly text messages (up 1575% from 2006)
  • 398 thousand calls made per day (up 153% from 2006)

Have a good weekend everyone.

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