Now we have context. 800 million cars, 850 million personal computers, 1.3 B fixed landline phones, 1.4 billion credit cards, 1.5 billion TV sets. How many mobile phones in use today? In use today, yes, 2.7 billion.
In the industrialized world, everybody who can talk and knows numbers, and can still hear and remember numbers – has a mobile phone. A recent story from Los Angeles tells us that a homeless person was accidentially dumped into a garbage
truck, and faced being crushed. He used his cellphone – I kid you not – to call the emergency number and was rescued. When the homeless carry this technology, everybody has it. And the non-industrialized world? Catching up really fast. China adds 6 million phones every month, India adds 7 million phones every month. Bear in mind that the total phone population in countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark and Portugal – each countries with 120% or more penetration rates – is less than 6 million units total. China and India both add that amount every month.