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Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore | EE Times via @eetimes

MADISON, Wis. — If you are developing a new business plan for the next big thing you're about to spring on the burgeoning mobile phone market, forget about it. File it. Mothball that sucker. Seriously. The mobile phone market is saturated. "More than 3.4 billion people, nearly half the world's population, own at least one mobile phone," says a recently released study by the Worldwatch Institute , a Washington independent research organization. "As of 2010, more than 90 percent of people worldwide were covered by a mobile phone signal." This all seems good. Everybody's talking or texting or gaming. But the number of mobile subscriptions paints a whole different picture. It already far surpasses the number of phone owners, according to the Worldwatch Institute. Subscription growth is slowing; annual additions peaked in 2010 at 680 million. "The subscription rate began to dip...

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