NEW YORK – “You may have one cell phone, or maybe even multiple cell phones and an iPad. But did you know that the number of wireless devices has reached a significant milestone?
This is a startling statistic: The number of wireless devices being used in the U.S. is greater than the total population.
According to a survey conducted by a wireless trade group, the number of mobile devices rose 9 percent in the first six months of 2011. That means there are nearly 328 million devices. That’s more than the 315 million people living in the U.S. and its territories.
The survey also shows that wireless data traffic in 2011 has more than doubled from a year ago.
Tablets and laptops account for only a small fraction of the total. Cell phones still dominate.
Other interesting findings in the study are Americans spend nearly 1.2 trillion minutes on wireless devices. We also sent more than 1 trillion text messages, a 16-percent increase over last year.
The average wireless bill actually fell. It now averages $47.23 a month. But since this study was completed, some big changes have taken place in the wireless industry.
For instance, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have ended their unlimited data plans and imposed new usage caps.
But there’s no turning back. We’ve become a nation of cell-phone addicts.”