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There will soon be more mobile phones than people on the planet

Institution of Engineering and Technology new president Dr Mike Short as just taken office, with a bold claim that there will soon be more mobiles than people, worldwide.

The new President made the bold assertion during his inaugural address titled “Digital century – the web is your oyster”, at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He stated by the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, ahead of taking office as the new President of Europe’s largest professional society of engineers.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

Dr Mike Short said, “Right now there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes. Unlike toothbrushes, mobile phones and devices are wonderfully inclusive and with access to the Internet they are empowering for billions of people – especially those in emerging nations who will access the internet for the first time through mobile.”

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.