Figures highlight how mobile phone usage keeps growing regardless of the location. The share of mobile phone access in households in the European Union reached 93 percent in 2015, showing how mobile phones are rapidly becoming as important as telephones.
Positive trends can be seen in almost every country. The number of mobile phone users in Italy and the number of mobile phone users in France for example confirm this trend. Both countries are expected to reach 51 million users by 2019, trying to follow in the pace of Germany and its rate of mobile phone users.
Also relevant is the number of mobile phones owned per household in the European Union. According to figures, 57 percent of Swedish household reported to own one mobile phone, while 26 percent of respondents declared to own two. A different trend can be observed in Italy, Spain and Denmark, where the larger share of respondents from the three countries stated that they own two mobile phones.
The technological development of mobile phones has also enhanced their usage, integrating computer and tablet features. Increasingly, mobile phones are used to take photos/videos, research products and look at maps and directions. In Greece for instance, 48 percent of respondents reported to use their device for the search engine, to check social networks and watch online videos, while in Germany smartphone users reported to use their devices to check the news and tell the time.