There Are More U.S. Wireless Subscriptions Than There Are Americans

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For the first time, the number of U.S. wireless subscriptions surpassed the total population last year. There are now just over 9 million more wireless subscriptions than there are Americans. Phrased differently, the average American has 1.03 wireless subscriptions.

Obviously, there are many Americans with more than one subscription, typically a personal phone and one for work. This is yet another harbinger of the post-PC era. As we discussed recently, only about 100 million or so of these subscription are for smartphones. While it may seem like everyone you know has a smartphone, there is a long way to go until they are ubiquitous in the general population, which is an enormous business opportunity.

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US Wireless Subscribers

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