It's official: There are more cell phones in the U.S. than there are people. New research from CTIA-The Wireless Association marks a milestone in the progress of the mobile tech industry and further underscores the need for businesses to develop a mobile strategy.
According to the report, the number of wireless subscriber connections (327.6 million) has surpassed the population (315.5 million) in the U.S. and its territories. The study also shows a 111 percent surge in wireless data traffic during the first half of the year.
The number of wireless-enabled computers and smartphones also showed a 57 percent increase from mid-2010. Interestingly, minutes of use only increased by 1 percent, while SMS messaging expanded by 16 percent.
"CTIA's semi-annual survey proves that Americans love wireless and continue to rely on the most cutting-edge and innovative devices and services in the world," said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. "Clearly, we're using wireless more every day, and the consensus of experts is that demand will continue to skyrocket by more than 50 times within the next five years."