Cell Phone Competition, Innovation and Consumer Value = 250 Million Satisfied Cell Phone Subscribers
WASHINGTON, DC – The Wireless Association announced yesterday that the total estimated wireless cell-phone subscribership in America officially passed the 250 million mark, reaching an all-time national high. Growth in subscribership has more than quadrupled over the past ten years from just over 55 million at year-end 1997 to more than 250 million today—an increase of 352%. The graphic above shows the progression of growth over the past 22 years.
According to a Merrill Lynch study, Americans use more minutes for less cost than any other consumers in the developed world. The FCC reports 98% of Americans can choose from at least four service providers.
“The statistics speak for themselves,” said an industry spokesman. “The bottom line is that wireless companies are listening to their customers and in doing so are providing Americans of all walks of life with the mobile products and services that they want and need. Competition, innovation, and consumer value are driving the dynamic U.S. wireless marketplace, giving people access to amazing technology with plans almost anyone can afford and more choices than anywhere else in the world. ”
MP: Can you imagine what the record of costs, choices and service would be if cell phone service was provided by the government like first-class mail or public schools? If that socialist imagery isn't pleasant, do you really want the government to provide us with socialized health care in the future, and are you really that confident about a public school monopoly insulated from competition?
(HT: Ben Cunningham)