A United Nations report says that by the end of 2013, there will be more mobile-phone subscriptions than there are people in the world if the current growth rate for cell-phone use continues.
by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union found there are now 6.8 billion cell-phone subscriptions in the world.
The world’s population is now about 7.1 billion people.
The report says that in 2005 there were about 2.2 billion mobile-phone subscriptions for 6.5 billion people.
The study found that former Soviet Republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have the highest number of cellphones per person -- averaging 1.7 subscriptions per person.
But only 46 percent of the subscriptions there are for the active mobile broadband used for smartphones.
Including land-line and mobile Internet connections, the UN survey found that 40 percent of the world’s population is now online.
Based on reporting by BBC and "The Wall Street Journal"