Cell Phones by Country 2022

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The cell phone, also known as a cellular phone or mobile phone, is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls. Modern mobile phones use cellular network architecture and, therefore, are called cellular phones or cell phones. In addition to making and receiving phone calls, cell phones can perform a variety of other services such as email, SMS texts, Internet access, photography, video recording, and Bluetooth connectivity, among others.

The mobile phone can be traced back to 1917 when Eric Tigerstedt, a Finnish inventor, filed a patent for a “pocket-size folding telephone with a very thin carbon microphone.” Analog radio communications from ships and trains are examples of early predecessors of cellular phones. Mobile phones became accessible and affordable thanks to the development of metal-oxide-semiconductor large-scale integration technology, information theory, and cellular networking.

The first handheld mobile phone, a handset weighing almost four and a half pounds, was demonstrated in 1973 by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola. In 1979, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone launched the first cellular network in the world in Japan. DyanTAC 8000x was the first commercially available mobile phone, introduced in 1983.

The first true smartphone made its appearance in the world in 1992 when the Simon Personal Communicator was created by IBM. Smartphones comprise about 78% of total mobile phone sales. Modern smartphones have endless capabilities such as video calls, GPS navigation, advanced cameras, and a variety of other functions thanks to the availability of countless applications that can be downloaded directly to the user’s device. Between the release of the DyanTAC 8000x in 1983 and 2014, mobile phone subscriptions grew to over 7 billion worldwide, enough to supply every person on Earth with a cell phone. As of Q1 of 2020, the best-selling phones in the United States are Samsung, Huawei, and Apple.

Cell Phones by Country

In general, the number of cell phone users per country is relatively proportional to that country’s population compared to other countries. Some people have multiple cell phone lines for various reasons, including one for personal use and one for business use. The following countries have the highest number of cell phones users:

  1. China (1.6 billion)
  2. India (1.28 billion)
  3. Indonesia (386 million)
  4. United States (327 million)
  5. Brazil (284 million)
  6. Russia (256 million)
  7. Nigeria (167 million)
  8. Bangladesh (166 million)
  9. Pakistan (165 million)
  10. Japan (147 million)

The following countries have the highest number of cell phone lines per 100 citizens:

  1. Hong Kong (256.7)
  2. Maldives (245.9)
  3. United Arab Emirates (203.7)
  4. Panama (202.5)
  5. Montenegro (180.2)
  6. Sri Lanka (179.3)
  7. Finland (172.6)
  8. Saudi Arabia (169.5)
  9. Lithuania (167.1)
  10. Indonesia (162.3)

Cell Phones by Country 2022

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Cell Phones by Country 2022

Note: Data is for 2019 production statistics.
Country Total Users Lines per 100 2022 Population
Hong Kong19,207,578256.707,488,865
Maldives776,716245.92523,787
United Arab Emirates17,132,724203.709,441,129
Panama6,900,000202.504,408,581
Montenegro1,117,500180.23627,082
Sri Lanka38,849,812179.3021,832,143
Finland9,470,000172.605,540,745
Saudi Arabia46,000,000169.5036,408,820
Lithuania4,940,000167.102,750,055
Indonesia385,573,398162.28275,501,339
Russia256,116,000155.50144,713,314
Trinidad And Tobago2,060,000151.601,531,044
Estonia1,904,000150.501,326,062
Singapore8,106,700150.105,975,689
Italy88,580,000147.4059,037,474
Sweden14,500,000146.4010,549,347
Bulgaria10,454,400145.206,781,953
Malaysia30,379,000143.8033,938,221
Argentina56,725,200141.3445,510,318
Brazil284,200,000141.30215,313,498
Nepal34,172,058134.4130,547,580
Morocco44,450,00013137,457,971
Germany107,000,000130.1083,369,843
Iran96,165,00013088,550,570
Latvia2,579,000129.801,850,651
United Kingdom83,100,000129.6067,508,936
Denmark7,000,000127.505,882,261
Portugal13,400,000126.8710,270,865
Azerbaijan7,000,000126.2010,358,074
Ukraine57,505,55512639,701,739
Ireland5,770,638125.905,023,109
Poland47,153,200123.4839,857,145
Romania26,000,000123.4519,659,267
Taiwan28,610,000123.3323,893,394
Chile21,000,000122.9019,603,733
Israel9,701,200122.809,038,309
Malta554,651122.57533,286
Netherlands20,000,000121.1017,564,014
Guatemala17,571,895119.4017,843,908
Colombia57,900,472118.9051,874,024
Spain55,740,00011847,558,630
South Africa59,474,500117.6059,893,885
Mongolia3,500,000117.403,398,366
Hungary11,561,890116.709,967,308
Japan146,649,600115.20123,951,692
France72,180,000114.2064,626,628
China1,598,360,000114.171,425,887,337
Philippines106,987,098113.80115,559,009
Belgium11,822,000113.6011,655,930
South Korea56,004,887111.5051,815,810
Ecuador15,900,000111.1818,001,000
New Zealand4,761,000111.105,185,288
Peru34,235,000109.8034,049,588
Venezuela32,019,086106.1528,301,696
Thailand69,000,00010571,697,030
Zimbabwe13,518,887103.5016,320,537
United States327,577,529103.10338,289,857
Jordan6,010,00010111,285,869
Bangladesh165,615,00098.18171,186,372
Egypt95,340,00095.38110,990,103
Nigeria167,371,94594.50218,541,212
Algeria33,000,00094.2044,903,225
India1,281,971,71393.101,417,173,173
Turkey72,200,00092.5085,341,241
Mexico101,339,00090.20127,504,125
Australia20,570,00087.6026,177,413
Canada31,210,62884.6038,454,327
Pakistan165,405,84779.61235,824,862
Vietnam72,300,0007998,186,856
Kenya28,080,00071.3054,027,487
Lebanon2,720,00064.405,489,739
Ethiopia18,000,00021.80123,379,924
North Korea3,000,00012.3026,069,416
Cuba1,300,00011.6011,212,191

Cell Phones by Country 2022

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