Global wireless subscriptions nearing five billion

By Matthew
Sep 20, 2010
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  1. Worldwide mobile phone subscriptions will reach five billion this month, equaling 73.4% of Earth's population according to data outfit iSuppli. Obviously some people hold several accounts and handsets so each "subscription" doesn't represent a person, but it's a remarkable milestone nonetheless. "If the importance of an event can be measured by the number of people it affects, then the proliferation of wireless communications stands out as one of the most significant phenomena in the history of technology," the firm said.

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