Africa Tops 500 Million Mobile Subscribers.

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Try this number on for size — Africa now has over 500 million mobile phone users. For the record, the United States has somewhere slightly over 300 million inhabitants total. Part of that reason is thanks to dirt cheap phones. On that same note, while we dog on Nokia here in the U.S. for being outdated and irrelevant, their super cheap, sub-$20 Nokia 1280 is all the rage over there. LG also has a few affordable gems on their hand by way of the 150 and 250 model handsets.

On top of raw increasingly mobile phone usage, mobile broadband is set to increase as well to the tune of 256 million users — by 2015. That’s not very far away and shows a literal explosion in mobile and mobile broadband usage similar to what we have seen here in the U.S. over the last few years, albeit in a much larger form.

So the next time you hear some phone manufacturer bragging of a few million sales with their latest and greatest handset, just remember that they’ve still got a long way to go…


Via: IntoMobile

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