Staggering Number of U.S. Cell Phones

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Last updated April 12, 2019

The wireless industry organization CTIA has announced that there are now more than 325 million wireless subscriptions in the United States, an increase of almost 10% over the same quarter 12 months earlier.  Since the population of the United States is currently less than 325 million, for the first time there are more cell phones and other wireless devices in the country than there are people.

The figures are even more dramatic that they appear at first glance since a certain segment of the population – the very young – are not users of wireless technology at all.  This means that on average, each user of mobile devices has access to more than one.  Some individuals, of course, are habitual users of several devices that carry with them subscriptions to wireless services.

Steve Largent, who serves as the president of CTIA, sees no end in sight to this trend, remarking that “Clearly, we’re using wireless more every day, and the consensus of experts is that demand will continue to skyrocket by more than 50 times within the next five years”.

Although all these devices have transformed both work and play in the United States, they also mean that more e-trash is being generated than ever before.  This makes cell phone recycling a more pressing requirement with each passing year.

How to Recycle Cell Phones

Although community organizations sometimes run drives to collect e-trash for recycling, the fastest and easiest way for most individuals to recycle is to go online and find a cell phone recycling company.