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Our Cellular World

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Our Cellular World

We humans love our cell phones. About 85 percent of the world's population owns a mobile phone, some 6 billion people. That's a whole lot of Droids and iPhones.


The current estimated global population is 7.04 billion. There are currently about 6 billion people with mobile subscriptions around the world. Twenty seven percent of those people came on board between 2009 and 2011.

The number of cell phones on Earth is about 1 million times more than the number of stars that can be seen on a dark night. And that's including both hemispheres!

United States

In the United States there are currently more cell phones than people: 314 million people, 331 million cell phones!

About 2.29 trillion cell phone minutes were used in the U.S. in 2011.Every New Yorker, those who live in the city where the first-ever public cellular call was made, would have to be on the phone 16 hours a day to make that many calls in a single year. A single person trying to use all those minutes would have to talk nonstop for 4.3 million years.

Cell Phone Profile

The average phone weighs about 108 grams; with 6 billion active cell phones in the world, that's the equivalent of about 11.3 billion hard-boiled eggs. Good luck, Cool Hand Luke.

All those cell phones are about the equivalent in weight of 4,400 blue whales, the largest animal ever to live on Earth.

The average phone includes about 3% gold; that's more than 26,000 tons of gold. The value of that gold is about $1.1 trillion in U.S. markets. That's roughly the GDPs of Switzerland, Greece and Egypt combined.

The average phone is about a half-inch thick. All the world's phones stacked up would soar more than 48,000 miles high. That's tall enough to reach the International Space Station and come back again 120 times.

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