The mobile phones have taken over.

The fact that a colleague of mine owns 4.00 mobile phones I know of and probably more I don't know of led to the question whether there are more phones than people and if so, where and when the phones have taken over. I compiled the data of selected countries to show the development of the population and the development of the mobile phones between the years 2000 and 2017.

Mobile phones are defined by devices that offer voice communication and are subscribed to a public mobile telephone service that provide access to the public switched telephone network using cellular technology.

Please be advised that the quality of the data varies among countries as a result of differences in regulations covering data provision and availability.

Table of contents:
1. Countries
2. Ranking
3. Sources

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Afghanistan

35.5 Million in 2017
+ 75.74 % from 2000 to 2017

23.9 Million in 2017
+ 119400.00 % from 2002 to 2017

Algeria

41.3 Million in 2017
+ 32.80 % from 2000 to 2017

49.8 Million in 2017
+ 62150.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Argentina

44.2 Million in 2017
+ 19.46 % from 2000 to 2017

61.8 Million in 2017
+ 959.38 % from 2000 to 2017

Australia

24.4 Million in 2017
+ 28.42 % from 2000 to 2017

27.5 Million in 2017
+ 223.52 % from 2000 to 2017

Austria

8.7 Million in 2017
+ 8.75 % from 2000 to 2017

14.9 Million in 2017
+ 144.26 % from 2000 to 2017

Azerbaijan

9.9 Million in 2017
+ 20.99 % from 2000 to 2017

10.1 Million in 2017
+ 2425.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Bangladesh

164.6 Million in 2017
+ 25.17 % from 2000 to 2017

145.1 Million in 2017
+ 72450.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Belgium

11.4 Million in 2017
+ 11.76 % from 2000 to 2017

11.9 Million in 2017
+ 112.50 % from 2000 to 2017

Bolivia

10.0 Million in 2017
+ 32.53 % from 2000 to 2017

10.9 Million in 2017
+ 2080.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Brazil

209.2 Million in 2017
+ 19.41 % from 2000 to 2017

236.4 Million in 2017
+ 923.38 % from 2000 to 2017

Canada

36.6 Million in 2017
+ 19.22 % from 2000 to 2017

31.4 Million in 2017
+ 260.92 % from 2000 to 2017

Chile

18.0 Million in 2017
+ 18.42 % from 2000 to 2017

23.0 Million in 2017
+ 576.47 % from 2000 to 2017

China

1409.5 Million in 2017
+ 9.85 % from 2000 to 2017

1474.0 Million in 2017
+ 1630.05 % from 2000 to 2017

Colombia

49.0 Million in 2017
+ 21.29 % from 2000 to 2017

66.2 Million in 2017
+ 2909.09 % from 2000 to 2017

Costa Rica

4.9 Million in 2017
+ 25.64 % from 2000 to 2017

8.8 Million in 2017
+ 4300.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Côte d'Ivoire

24.2 Million in 2017
+ 45.78 % from 2000 to 2017

31.7 Million in 2017
+ 7825.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Croatia

4.1 Million in 2017
- 6.81 % from 2000 to 2017

4.3 Million in 2017
+ 330.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Denmark

5.7 Million in 2017
+ 7.54 % from 2000 to 2017

6.9 Million in 2017
+ 109.09 % from 2000 to 2017

Egypt

97.5 Million in 2017
+ 39.48 % from 2000 to 2017

102.9 Million in 2017
+ 7815.38 % from 2000 to 2017

Estonia

1.3 Million in 2017
- 4.38 % from 2000 to 2017

1.9 Million in 2017
+ 245.45 % from 2000 to 2017

Ethopia

104.9 Million in 2017
+ 57.74 % from 2000 to 2017

62.6 Million in 2017
+ 625900.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Fiji

0.9 Million in 2017
+ 11.10 % from 2000 to 2017

1.0 Million in 2017
+ 1772.72 % from 2000 to 2017

Finland

5.5 Million in 2017
+ 7.84 % from 2000 to 2017

7.3 Million in 2017
+ 97.29 % from 2000 to 2017

France

64.9 Million in 2017
+ 8.89 % from 2000 to 2017

69.0 Million in 2017
+ 137.93 % from 2000 to 2017

Georgia

3.9 Million in 2017
- 17.02 % from 2000 to 2017

5.7 Million in 2017
+ 5600.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Germany

82.1 Million in 2017
+ 0.74 % from 2000 to 2017

106.0 Million in 2017
+ 119.92 % from 2000 to 2017

Ghana

28.8 Million in 2017
+ 52.38 % from 2000 to 2017

36.7 Million in 2017
+ 36600.00 % from 2000 to 2017

India

1339.1 Million in 2017
+ 27.17 % from 2000 to 2017

1168.9 Million in 2017
+ 33297.14 % from 2000 to 2017

Indonesia

263.9 Million in 2017
+ 24.77 % from 2000 to 2017

458.9 Million in 2017
+ 12647.22 % from 2000 to 2017

Iran

81.1 Million in 2017
+ 22.69 % from 2000 to 2017

87.1 Million in 2017
+ 9577.78 % from 2000 to 2017

Israel

8.3 Million in 2017
+ 38.33 % from 2000 to 2017

10.5 Million in 2017
+ 138.64 % from 2000 to 2017

Italy

59.3 Million in 2017
+ 3.67 % from 2000 to 2017

83.8 Million in 2017
+ 98.57 % from 2000 to 2017

Jamaica

2.8 Million in 2017
+ 7.69 % from 2000 to 2017

3.0 Million in 2017
+ 900.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Japan

127.4 Million in 2017
- 0.08 % from 2000 to 2017

170.1 Million in 2017
+ 155.02 % from 2000 to 2017

Kenya

49.6 Million in 2017
+ 57.96 % from 2000 to 2017

42.8 Million in 2017
+ 42700.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Malaysia

31.6 Million in 2017
+ 36.80 % from 2000 to 2017

42.3 Million in 2017
+ 729.41 % from 2000 to 2017

Mexico

129.1 Million in 2017
+ 26.94 % from 2000 to 2017

114.3 Million in 2017
+ 716.43 % from 2000 to 2017

Morocco

35.7 Million in 2017
+ 23.96 % from 2000 to 2017

43.9 Million in 2017
+ 1808.70 % from 2000 to 2017

Mozambique

29.6 Million in 2017
+ 64.44 % from 2000 to 2017

11.8 Million in 2017
+ 23500.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Netherlands

17.0 Million in 2017
+ 6.91 % from 2000 to 2017

20.5 Million in 2017
+ 91.58 % from 2000 to 2017

New Zealand

4.7 Million in 2017
+ 23.68 % from 2000 to 2017

6.4 Million in 2017
+ 326.67 % from 2000 to 2017

Nigeria

190.8 Million in 2017
+ 56.01 % from 2000 to 2017

144.9 Million in 2017
+ 482900.00 % from 2000 to 2017

North Korea

25.4 Million in 2017
+ 10.91 % from 2000 to 2017

3.6 Million in 2016
+ 5900.00 from 2009 to 2016

Norway

5.3 Million in 2017
+ 29.54 % from 2000 to 2017

5.7 Million in 2017
+ 78.12 % from 2000 to 2017

Pakistan

197.0 Million in 2017
+ 42.24 % from 2000 to 2017

144.5 Million in 2017
+ 48066.67 % from 2000 to 2017

Panama

4.0 Million in 2017
+ 33.33 % from 2000 to 2017

5.9 Million in 2017
+ 1375.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Peru

32.1 Million in 2017
+ 23.94 % from 2000 to 2017

38.9 Million in 2017
+ 3141.67 % from 2000 to 2017

Philippines

104.9 Million in 2017
+ 34.66 % from 2000 to 2017

115.8 Million in 2017
+ 1709.38 % from 2000 to 2017

Poland

38.1 Million in 2017
- 1.03 % from 2000 to 2017

49.8 Million in 2017
+ 643.28 % from 2000 to 2017

Russia

143.9 Million in 2017
- 1.64 % from 2000 to 2017

227.3 Million in 2017
+ 7003.13 % from 2000 to 2017

Saudi Arabia

32.9 Million in 2017
+ 58.94 % from 2000 to 2017

40.2 Million in 2017
+ 2992.31 % from 2000 to 2017

Singapore

5.7 Million in 2017
+ 46.15 % from 2000 to 2017

8.4 Million in 2017
+ 211.11 % from 2000 to 2017

South Africa

56.7 Million in 2017
+ 24.07 % from 2000 to 2017

81.8 Million in 2017
+ 885.54 % from 2000 to 2017

South Korea

50.9 Million in 2017
+ 7.61 % from 2000 to 2017

63.6 Million in 2017
+ 137.31 % from 2000 to 2017

Spain

46.3 Million in 2017
+ 13.20 % from 2000 to 2017

52.4 Million in 2017
+ 116.52 % from 2000 to 2017

Sweden

9.9 Million in 2017
+ 12.50 % from 2000 to 2017

12.4 Million in 2017
+ 96.82 % from 2000 to 2017

Switzerland

8.4 Million in 2017
+ 18.30 % from 2000 to 2017

11.2 Million in 2017
+ 143.47 % from 2000 to 2017

Syria

18.2 Million in 2017
+ 10.98 % from 2000 to 2017

15.6 Million in 2017
+ 51900.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Thailand

69.0 Million in 2017
+ 9.70 % from 2000 to 2017

121.5 Million in 2017
+ 3950.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Tunisia

11.5 Million in 2017
+ 19.79 % from 2000 to 2017

14.3 Million in 2017
+ 14200.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Turkey

80.7 Million in 2017
+ 27.69 % from 2000 to 2017

77.8 Million in 2017
+ 383.23 % from 2000 to 2017

Uganda

42.8 Million in 2017
+ 78.33 % from 2000 to 2017

24.9 Million in 2017
+ 24800.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Ukraine

44.2 Million in 2017
- 9.42 % from 2000 to 2017

55.7 Million in 2017
+ 6862.50 % from 2000 to 2017

United Arab Emirates

9.4 Million in 2017
+ 203.23 % from 2000 to 2017

19.8 Million in 2017
+ 1314.29 % from 2000 to 2017

United Kingdom

66.1 Million in 2017
+ 12.22 % from 2000 to 2017

79.1 Million in 2017
+ 82.26 % from 2000 to 2017

United States of America

324.4 Million in 2017
+ 15.08 % from 2000 to 2017

395.8 Million in 2017
+ 261.79 % from 2000 to 2017

Uzbekistan

31.9 Million in 2017
+ 28.62 % from 2000 to 2017

24.2 Million in 2017
+ 48300.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Venezuela

31.9 Million in 2017
+ 30.74 % from 2000 to 2017

24.4 Million in 2017
+ 351.85 % from 2000 to 2017

And then there's Iceland

0.3 Million in 2017
+ 50.00 % from 2000 to 2017

0.4 Million in 2017
+ 100.00 % from 2000 to 2017

Ranking

Please remember that the quality of the data varies among countries as a result of differences in regulations covering data provision and availability.

Data of 2017:

Country per in Million in Million
United Arab Emirates 2.10 9.4 19.8
Costa Rica 1.79 4.9 8.8
Thailand 1.76 69.0 121.5
Indonesia 1.73 263.9 458.9
Austria 1.71 8.7 14.9
Russia 1.57 143.9 227.3
Singapore 1.47 5.7 8.4
Panama 1.47 4.0 5.9
Georgia 1.46 3.9 5.7
Estonia 1.46 1.3 1.9
South Africa 1.44 56.7 81.8
Italy 1.41 59.3 83.8
Argentina 1.39 44.2 61.8
New Zealand 1.36 4.7 6.4
Colombia 1.35 49.0 66.2
Japan 1.33 127.4 170.1
Malaysia 1.33 31.6 42.3
Switzerland 1.33 8.4 11.2
Iceland 1.33 0.3 0.4
Finland 1.32 5.5 7.3
Poland 1.30 38.1 49.8
Côte d'Ivoire 1.30 24.2 31.7
Germany 1.29 82.1 106.0
Ghana 1.27 28.8 36.7
Chile 1.27 18.0 23.0
Ukraine 1.26 44.2 55.7
Israel 1.26 8.3 10.5
Sweden 1.25 9.9 12.4
South Korea 1.24 50.9 63.6
Tunisia 1.24 11.5 14.3
United States of America 1.22 324.4 395.8
Morocco 1.22 35.7 43.9
Saudi Arabia 1.22 32.9 40.2
Peru 1.21 32.1 38.9
Denmark 1.21 5.7 6.9
Algeria 1.20 41.3 49.8
Netherlands 1.20 17.0 20.5
United Kingdom 1.19 66.1 79.1
Brazil 1.13 209.2 236.4
Spain 1.13 46.3 52.4
Australia 1.12 24.4 27.5
Fiji 1.11 0.9 1.0
Philippines 1.10 104.9 115.8
Bolivia 1.09 10.0 10.9
Iran 1.07 81.1 87.1
Norway 1.07 5.3 5.7
Jamaica 1.07 2.8 3.0
France 1.06 64.9 69.0
Egypt 1.05 97.5 102.9
China 1.04 1409.5 1474.0
Belgium 1.04 11.4 11.9
Croatia 1.04 4.1 4.3
Azerbaijan 1.01 9.9 10.1
Turkey 0.96 80.7 77.8
Bangladesh 0.88 164.6 145.1
Mexico 0.88 129.1 114.3
India 0.87 1339.1 1168.9
Kenya 0.86 49.6 42.8
Canada 0.85 36.6 31.4
Syria 0.85 18.2 15.6
Venezuela 0.76 31.9 24.4
Nigeria 0.75 190.8 144.9
Uzbekistan 0.75 31.9 24.2
Pakistan 0.73 197.0 144.5
Afghanistan 0.67 35.5 23.9
Ethopia 0.59 104.9 62.6
Uganda 0.58 42.8 24.9
Mozambique 0.39 29.6 11.8
North Korea 0.14 25.4 3.6

Sources

Data source population: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017).

Data source mobile phones: The World Bank Group, International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication/ICT Development report and database.

I own 1.00 mobile phone.

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