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There are now roughly 6 billion cell phone subscribers in the world

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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There are believed to be more than 7 billion people on this planet, and the overwhelming majority of them own cell phones. According to the International Telecommunication Union, roughly 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone, totaling approximately 6 billion subscriptions. China alone accounts for 1 billion users and India is expected to hit the same milestone in the coming months, the Associated Press reported. The U.N. agency also reported that 2.3 billion people, or about one in three globally, were Internet users, however there were inconsistencies between rich and developing countries. The ITU notes that 70% of people who use the Internet are from wealthier and more industrialized countries, compared to 24% who are located in poorer and developing nations.


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.