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Smartphone penetration rate by country 2019

The United Kingdom (UK) had one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world as of September 2019, with 82.9 percent of the population using a smartphone.

Smartphone user numbers are growing

The number of global smartphone users has constantly been growing ever since the first smartphones hit the market, surpassing the three billion mark for the first time in 2019. This growth trend is forecast to continue over the next few years, adding several hundred million smartphone users annually to the global user base. As the sales of new smartphones have plateaued at around 1.5 billion units annually, the growth in user numbers is supported by a growing market for used and refurbished phones. Some estimates put the global market for used phones at 39 to 52 billion U.S. dollars by the early to mid 2020s.

Smartphone ownership rate by country 2019

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Release date

September 2019



Supplementary notes

*Selected countries based on overall number of smartphone users.

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