A Fascinating Map Showing the Countries with the Most Mobile Phones

A partnership of Slate and the New America Foundation.
Feb. 9 2012 12:20 PM

Which Countries Have the Most Mobile Phones?

The Slate/New America Foundation map of the week.

Mobile phones
Mobile phones

Jupiterimages/© Getty Images

Mobile-phone subscriptions now outnumber the fixed-line variety by nearly 2-to-1 in the United States. Nine in 10 Americans have a cell phone. Globally speaking, that's nothing—a handful of countries are nearing two mobiles per resident, and in many landline-deprived African nations, the mobile-to-fixed ratio tops 200-to-1. The map below—the first in the new Slate/New America Foundation Map of the Week series—details today's real digital divides.

Want to learn more?  See “Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor,” or watch the webcast of today's New America event, "Mobile Disconnect: Can Mobile Solutions Combat Global Poverty?"

Number of mobile phone subscribers per 100 residents

...

Andy Hull is a web developer in New America’s Global Assets Program.

Nick McClellan is web production manager of NewAmerica.net.

Troy K. Schneider is New America’s director of media and technology.

TODAY IN SLATE

The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?

Science

“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 6:30 PM The Tragedies That Have Shaped Canada's Gun Politics
  Business
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.