Cell Phones By Country 2021

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

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)

In general, the number of cell phone users per country is relatively proportional to that country’s population compared to other countries.

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)

Some people have multiple cell phone lines for various reasons, including one for personal use and one for business use.

Cell Phones By Country 2021

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Cell Phones By Country 2021

Note: Data is for 2019 production statistics.
Country Total Users Lines per 100 2021 Population
Hong Kong19,207,578256.707,552,810
Maldives776,716245.92543,617
United Arab Emirates17,132,724203.709,991,089
Panama6,900,000202.504,381,579
Montenegro1,117,500180.23628,053
Sri Lanka38,849,812179.3021,497,310
Finland9,470,000172.605,548,360
Saudi Arabia46,000,000169.5035,340,683
Lithuania4,940,000167.102,689,862
Indonesia385,573,398162.28276,361,783
Russia256,116,000155.50145,912,025
Trinidad And Tobago2,060,000151.601,403,375
Estonia1,904,000150.501,325,185
Singapore8,106,700150.105,896,686
Italy88,580,000147.4060,367,477
Sweden14,500,000146.4010,160,169
Bulgaria10,454,400145.206,896,663
Malaysia30,379,000143.8032,776,194
Argentina56,725,200141.3445,605,826
Brazil284,200,000141.30213,993,437
Nepal34,172,058134.4129,674,920
Morocco44,450,00013137,344,795
Germany107,000,000130.1083,900,473
Iran96,165,00013085,028,759
Latvia2,579,000129.801,866,942
United Kingdom83,100,000129.6068,207,116
Denmark7,000,000127.505,813,298
Portugal13,400,000126.8710,167,925
Azerbaijan7,000,000126.2010,223,342
Ukraine57,505,55512643,466,819
Ireland5,770,638125.904,982,907
Poland47,153,200123.4837,797,005
Romania26,000,000123.4519,127,774
Taiwan28,610,000123.3323,855,010
Chile21,000,000122.9019,212,361
Israel9,701,200122.808,789,774
Malta554,651122.57442,784
Netherlands20,000,000121.1017,173,099
Guatemala17,571,895119.4018,249,860
Colombia57,900,472118.9051,265,844
Spain55,740,00011846,745,216
South Africa59,474,500117.6060,041,994
Mongolia3,500,000117.403,329,289
Hungary11,561,890116.709,634,164
Japan146,649,600115.20126,050,804
France72,180,000114.2065,426,179
China1,598,360,000114.171,444,216,107
Philippines106,987,098113.80111,046,913
Belgium11,822,000113.6011,632,326
South Korea56,004,887111.5051,305,186
Ecuador15,900,000111.1817,888,475
New Zealand4,761,000111.104,860,643
Peru34,235,000109.8033,359,418
Venezuela32,019,086106.1528,704,954
Thailand69,000,00010569,950,850
Zimbabwe13,518,887103.5015,092,171
United States327,577,529103.10332,915,073
Jordan6,010,00010110,269,021
Bangladesh165,615,00098.18166,303,498
Egypt95,340,00095.38104,258,327
Nigeria167,371,94594.50211,400,708
Algeria33,000,00094.2044,616,624
India1,281,971,71393.101,393,409,038
Turkey72,200,00092.5085,042,738
Mexico101,339,00090.20130,262,216
Australia20,570,00087.6025,788,215
Canada31,210,62884.6038,067,903
Pakistan165,405,84779.61225,199,937
Vietnam72,300,0007998,168,833
Kenya28,080,00071.3054,985,698
Lebanon2,720,00064.406,769,146
Ethiopia18,000,00021.80117,876,227
North Korea3,000,00012.3025,887,041
Cuba1,300,00011.6011,317,505

Cell Phones By Country 2021