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  1. Originally the term "telecommunications” denoted the long-distance telephone networks and television networks, now it includes the Internet and wireless communication networks.
  2. Seven billion people (95% of the global population) live in an area that is covered by a mobile-cellular network. Mobile-broadband networks (3G or above) reach 84% of the global population but only 67% of the rural population. LTE networks have spread quickly over the last three years and reach almost 4 billion people today (53% of the global population), enhancing the quality of Internet use.
  3. By end 2016, 3.9 billion people - 53% of the world’s population – is not using the Internet. In the Americas and the CIS regions, about one third of the population is offline. While almost 75% of people in Africa are non-users, only 21% of Europeans are offline. In Asia and the Pacific and the Arab States, the percentage of the population that is not using the Internet is very similar: 58.1 and 58.4%, respectively.
  4. As of the end of 2016, almost two-thirds of households in the Americas are connected to the Internet, compared with half of all households globally.
  5. As of the end of 2016, Almost 1 billion households in the world have Internet access, of which 230 million are in China, 60 million in India and 20 million in the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
  6. By end 2016, Internet penetration rates are higher for men than for women in all regions of the world.
    • Africa - Female: 21.9 v. Male: 28.4
    • Arab - Female: 38.9 v. Male: 46.1
    • Asia & Pacific - Female: 39.5 v. Male: 47.5
    • Americas - Female: 64.4 v. Male: 65.6
    • CIS - Female: 65.0 v. Male: 68.5
    • Europe - Female: 76.3 v. Male: 82.0
    • - (CIS: Commonwealth of Independent State or Russian Commonwealth: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan)
  7. In China, of the 632 million internet users recorded as of June 2014, 83 percent (527 million) were using mobile devices at least some of the time; meanwhile, 81 percent (512 million) hopped on using computers.
  8. Using a mobile phone for 10 years or more increases the risk of ear tumors by four times.
  9. The SMS - 160-Character Text Message Limit concept was developed in the Franco-German GSM cooperation in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert.
  10. Mobile phone use posed no short-term risk to the brain; however, using a mobile phone before going to bed could stop you getting a decent night's sleep.
  11. Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
  12. The world's most popular phone is the Nokia 1100, a basic GSM mobile phone; over 250 million 1100s have been sold since its launch in late 2003. The Nokia 1100 was designed at Nokia Design Center in California and patented for the US by the Bulgarian-American designer Dimitre Mehandjiysky.
  13. The most common use for a mobile is neither calling nor texting but checking the time.
  14. In Japan, 90% of mobile phones are waterproof.
  15. Malaysia allows you to legally divorce your partner via text message.
  16. The first shared photo using a mobile phone was made in 1997 by Philippe Kahn, a French technology innovator.
  17. The first mobile telephone call was made on April 3, 1973 from a portable, hand–held device invented by Martin Cooper, a American inventor.
  18. over 90% of mobile phones in Japan are waterproof
  19. If you make a phone call lasting less than 60 seconds, T-Mobile will bill you for 2 minutes usage; for AT&T, if you make a phone call lasting between 49 and 59 seconds, you will lose 2 minutes usage.
  20. In 1983, the first mobile phones went on sale in the U.S. at about $4,000 each.
  21. 40 years of the mobile phone (1973-2013): Top 20 facts .
  22. As of the end of 2013 T-Mobile had 15.1 million prepaid phone customers, AT&T had 7.4 million.
  23. As of the end of 2013 there are 285 million tablets worldwide , of which 70 million tablets are in the U.S.
  24. As of June 2013, the United States has the highest number of wireless broadband subscriptions at 299,447,000
  25. Over 50% of consumers believe mobile devices will replace televisions
  26. Mobile Predictions 2014: Over 60% of mobile data traffic is carried over WiFi networks.
  27. Per Cisco, mobile traffic grew 81 percent in 2013 to 1.5 exabytes per month compared to 820 petabytes per month in 2012.
  28. Apple sold a record-breaking 9 million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20, 2013.
  29. More than 200 million Apple users are running the new iOS 7 on their iPhones and iPads, and that more than 11 million unique listeners already tuned in to iTunes Radio in the first five days after it went live.
  30. Apple took 21 days to sell 10 million iPhone 5s; Samsung took 50 days to sell 10 million Galaxy S IIIs
  31. As of 3/2013 Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a 56% market share for Internet browsers on personal computers, Mozilla's Firefox has a 20% share and Google's Chrome has 17%.
  32. Apple sold about 250 million iPhones before iPhone 6 waa released.
  33. About 145.8 million iPhones were sold before iPhone 5 was released (9/21/2012).
  34. Apple sold 125 million iPhones, 58.31 million iPads, 35.16 million iPods and 18.15 million Macs in 2012.
  35. There were about 125 million iPhone sold in 2012 or around 340,000 iPhones were sold per day.
  36. Around 75% of iPhone users slept with their iPhone next to them in bed, and 94% confessed to having a certain level of addiction to their iPhone.
  37. Apple paid 1 million dollars for iPhone.com in 2007 and 4.5 million dollars for iCloud.com in 2011.
  38. Apple has sold 55 million iPads since it was launched in 2010.
  39. Around 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices were sold in the first 3 days after its availability.
  40. Over 1 million iPhone 3GS devices were sold in the first week after its availability.
  41. There are over 300,000 iPhone applications available in the Apple shop, and there were over 7 billion downloads as of May 2011.
  42. Apple spent at least 150 million dollars to build iPhone, and filed over 200 iPhone patent applications in the U.S alone.
  43. The number of telephone subscribers in China is 863,000,000 (as of 2/2011), 771,181,357 (as of 1/2011) in India, 292,847,098 (as of 6/2010) in the U.S., 213,900,000 (as of 6/2010) and 205,100,000 (as of 1/2011) in Brazil.
  44. Japan has five nationwide mobile phone service providers: NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, SoftBank Mobile, EMOBILE, and Willcom.
  45. As of July 2010, there were over 5 billion mobile phone connections worldwide.
  46. In a complaint filed in December 2009, Nokia asked the International Trade Commission to bar the importation of Apple devices that infringe Nokia patents. These include iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPod Classic portable music players, as well as the iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Mac Book, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air computers. On 3/25/2011 Apple won a round in its patent fight with Nokia; a trade panel judge ruled that the U.S. company did not violate any of five Nokia patents.
  47. Cisco predicted that 66% of world’s mobile traffic will be Video by 2014. Middle East & Africa will have highest growth in mobile traffic (CAGR 133%), followed by Asia-Pacific (119%) & North America ( 117%).
  48. Smartphone sales surpassed worldwide PC sales in 2011
  49. In July 2010, the number of mobile service subscribers in Hong Kong was boosted to 13.02 million, representing one of the highest penetration rates in the world at about 184 per cent. Among these 13.02 million subscribers, 4.64 million were 3G/3.5G service customers.
  50. In August 2009, 276.9 million people used email across the US, several European countries, Australia and Brazil.
  51. In 2009, 57% of Americans watched TV and surfed the Internet simultaneously.
  52. In 2009, top-five best-selling smartphones is: RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models), Apple iPhone 3G (all models), RIM BlackBerry Storm, RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip), and T-Mobile G1.
  53. 58% of Americans have a mobile phone with Web connectivity; 21% own a smartphone, 8% own an iPhone (TM), and 29% own another type of Web-enabled phone.
  54. 30% of iPhone 3G buyers switched to AT&T from other carriers in 2008.
  55. 75% of mobile phones were manufactured in China.
  56. Prepaid calling cards are a low cost solution to making international long distance phone calls.
  57. The first transcontinental telephone call occurred on January 25, 1915; however, the transcontinental telephone line was first completed on June 27, 1914, and successfully first voice tested in July 1914.
  58. The very first phone call, “Watson come here, I want you!”, was made on March 10, 1876 between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas A. Watson in Boston, MA, as recorded in Bell's Journal entry (10 March 1876).

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South Africa:
Police or Fire: 10111
Ambulance: 10177
From mobile phones: 112
Emergency medical service (Samu): 190
Police: 197
Police: 999
Australia: 000
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New Zealand: 111
Police: 110
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Police: 100
Medical Emergency: 101
Fire: 102
Qatar: 999
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(also standard on GSM
mobile phones) used in
Austria, Belgium, Croatia,
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Police: 133
Ambulance: 144
Fire: 122
Belgium: 112
Fire and Medical: 100
Police: 101
Police: 92
Fire Department: 93
Ambulance: 94
Road help: 987
Cyprus: 112, 199
Czech Republic:
Medical Emergency: 155
Fire: 150
Police: 158
Police, Fire, Medical,
and Environment: 112
Finland: 112
Police: 10022
France: 112
Medical Emergency (Samu): 15
Police: 17
Fire and Rescue: 18
Police: 110
Fire or Ambulance: 112
(in some states also
19222 for ambulance)
(Landline): 999
(Mobile): 112
Police (and general emergency): 113
Carabinieri (military police): 112
Medical Emergency: 118
Fire or Disaster: 115
Lithuania: Fire:
Police: 02
Medical: 03
Fire and Rescue: 110,
Police: 112,
Medical Emergency: 113
Medical Emergency: 999
Fire: 998
Police: 997
General Emergency: 112
Fire: 117
Fire (also, general emergency): 01
Police (Militsia): 02
Medical Emergency: 03
Gas leaks: 04
Serbia and Montenegro:
Police: 92
Fire Department: 93
Ambulance: 94
Medical Emergency: 999
Fire: 998
Police: 997
Fire: 118, Police: 117
Medical: 144
Poison: 145
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support
(free and anonymous): 143,
Psychological support
for teens and children
(free and anonymous): 147
Medical Emergency: 155
Fire: 150
Police: 158
UK: 999, or 112 for fire,
police, ambulance
coastguard, mountain rescue
cave rescue or nuclear
Canada: 911
Mexico: 060 or 080
United States of America: 911
Medical Emergency: 107
Police: 101
Fire: 100
Emergency dispatcher
(only for Buenos Aires
starting in January 2005): 911
Medical Emergency: 118
Police: 110
Fire: 193
Ambulance: 192
Police: 190
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Fire: 132
Police: 133
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