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eMarketer: 2 Billion Consumers Worldwide to Get Smart(phones) by 2016

Over half of mobile phone users globally will have smartphones in 2018

NEW YORK, NY and LONDON, UK (December 11, 2014) — The number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass 2 billion in 2016, according to new figures from eMarketer—after nearly getting there in 2015. Next year, there will be over 1.91 billion smartphone users across the globe, a figure that will increase another 12.6% to near 2.16 billion in 2016.

For the first time, more than one-quarter of the global population will use smartphones in 2015, and by 2018, eMarketer estimates, over one-third of consumers worldwide, or more than 2.56 billion people, will do so. That 2018 figure also represents over half—51.7%—of all mobile phone users, meaning that feature phones will have finally become a minority in the telecommunications world.

Inexpensive smartphones are opening new opportunities for marketing and commerce in emerging markets where many consumers previously had no access to the internet. Meanwhile, in mature, established markets, smartphones are quickly shifting the paradigm for consumer media usage and impressing the need for marketers to become more mobile-centric.

Read the full press release for more information on worldwide smartphone users.

For more information:

Dan Marcec
Director, Public Relations
+1-646-863-8807
dmarcec@emarketer.com

Denise Duffy
Director, Public Relations
+44-7513-302-482
dduffy@emarketer.com

Posted on December 11, 2014.    

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