Beyond Subscriptions: Actual Ownership, Use and Non-Use of Mobiles in Developing Countries

Title: Beyond Subscriptions: Actual Ownership, Use and Non-Use of Mobiles in Developing Countries
Author: Richard Heeks
Publisher: ICTs for Development (blog)
Date published: 22/03/2009
Date accessed: 18/06/2009
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
As widely reported, the number of mobile phone subscribers in the world passed the four billion mark at some point around the end of 2008, in a global population of around 6.7bn of whom about 80% (5.4bn) live in developing countries.
At first sight, that might suggest that 60% (4 / 6.7) of the world’s population has a mobile phone...BUT . . . These figures have a number of problems. I summarise below what little I have found:...
* Actual Ownership: First, mobile subscription figures are overestimates of in-country mobile ownership for at least four reasons...
* Actual Use: Second, mobile subscription figures are underestimates of in-country mobile phone access and use for at least two reasons:...
* Levels of Non-Use: Thirdly, how many people still do not use a phone?

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