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Europe is the most connected, but mobile phone use is rising around the world

Wonder how many mobile phones are floating around your country? Well, Nokia has taken official numbers from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and plotted them on a big, colorful world map. Unfortunately, the Finnish handset maker didn’t translate the numbers to make sense to anyone outside of the industry, but hey, that’s what we’re here for.

Europe and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) are the most connected with about 12.5 mobile phones for every 10 people, followed by The Americas with about 9 phones for every 10 people. Worst is Africa with only 4 phones for every 10 people. The full list is below.

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What the numbers mean:

  • Europe: 12.5 phones for every 10 people
  • CIS: 12.5 phones for every 10 people
  • Americas: 9 phones for every 10 people
  • Arab States: 7.7 phones for every 10 people
  • Asia & Pacific: 6.7 phones for every 10 people
  • Africa: 4 phones for every 10 people

It should be noted that if you remove old people and kids from the equation, all of these numbers likely rise dramatically. It also varies by location greatly and this graphic is very broad. To check out other cool infographics, head here.

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