Saturday, May 31, 2008

Doesn't Everyone Have a Cell Phone?

We were able to extract more information on cellular use from the FCC and another figure came up for cellular penetration, or the percentage of population who own a cell phone. The latest official figures come in at about 82%, which, by now, has increased even more. Using that number, a few days ago a CNBC reporter asked Lowell McAdam, the CEO of Verizon Wireless, if, at that level, cellular penetration in this country had reach its maximum. His answer was surprising.

Mr. McAdam, whose company is partnered with Vodaphone, a major European wireless carrier, reports penetration levels there of over 140%! Zowee! Every man, woman and infant there has at least one cell phone, and some have two! Take out the babies and lots of people have more than two! Get ready, it's coming our way.

Sure, some of us at Mountain Wireless have even more than that...but that's different, right?

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