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Smartphone Users in Mexico Skew Young, Male

Smartphone penetration highest among male, young mobile phone users

August 26, 2015 | Demographics | Mobile

Mexico is the No. 2 country in Latin America in smartphone audience size, with 38.5 million smartphone users this year, eMarketer estimates. Based on eMarketer’s demographic breakdowns, that audience skews decidedly young and male.

Smartphone User Metrics in Mexico, by Gender, 2013-2019 (millions, % of mobile phone users and % share)

This year, when 47.4% of all mobile phone users in Mexico will have a smartphone, penetration will be 52.3% among male mobile phone users and just 42.0% among their female counterparts, which means 57.5% of the total smartphone audience in the country will be male. Smartphone penetration is expected to rise among both groups, evening out somewhat to a 7-percentage-point gap in reach by 2019, when men will still make up more than half of the smartphone user base in the country.

There are even bigger differentials in smartphone usage based on age. The highest penetration this year is among mobile phone users ages 18 to 24, 58.1% of whom will use smartphones. But among those 65 and older, the share drops to just 15.0%.

These differences too will begin to smooth by the end of eMarketer’s forecast period, but the bulk of Mexico’s smartphone users will be young for the foreseeable future. In 2019, eMarketer estimates, 16.7% of smartphone users in Mexico will be under 18, and an additional 45.8% will be ages 18 to 34.

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