UN says world has 6 billion cell phone subscribers
The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants.
The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011—roughly one for 86 of every 100 people.
In a report Thursday, the International Telecommunication Union said China alone accounted for 1 billion subscriptions, and India is expected to hit the 1-billion mark this year.
The Geneva-based agency says 2.3 billion people—or about one in three of the world's 7 billion inhabitants—were Internet users by the end of 2011, but there's a strong disparity between rich and developing countries.
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