Weekly Cell Phone News in Review–June 9, 2014

Mobile Subscriptions to Exceed Global Population in 2015
By next year there will be more mobile subscriptions globally than there are people, according to a new report by Ericsson Mobile. Mobile subscriptions have grown by seven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 to 7.14 billion, compared with the same time last year. Next year, the report says, there will be 7.59 billion total cellphone subscriptions, exceeding the world’s expected population by 300 million. By 2019, it’s expected there will be 9.2 billion mobile subscriptions. Story by CBC News.

Mobile Phone Financing Takes Off Among Consumers
Mobile phone buyers are increasingly financing their devices in a move away from the standard subsidized model, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. In a recent survey of 1,500 US consumers, the market research firm found that as of March, around 23 percent had chosen to finance their phones. That number showed an ongoing gain from around 16 percent in December and 15 percent in July 2013. CIRP estimates that since July of last year, around 28 million phone buyers have gone the financing route. Among those, 20 million stuck with their current carrier while the other 8 million switched to a different one. T-Mobile was the primary beneficiary of the trend to jump ship to a new carrier, luring in around 5.1 million consumers who opted to switch, according to CIRP. Story by Lance Whitney for CNET.

Cell Phone Use, Texting will be Banned in Louisiana School Zones
People will no longer be able to use their wireless phones to call, text or use social media while driving in a Louisiana school zone after Aug. 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that prohibits most use of electronic devices like smartphones in school zones during designated hours. The school zones must have visible signs that indicate the use of handheld phone is banned during certain times, and the prohibition does not apply to the use of a hands-free wireless device or various types of radios. There are also exceptions to the new handheld device rule. A person may use a wireless device in a school zone if they are reporting an accident or crime. Story by Julia O’Donoghue for The Times-Picayune.

Radiation From Cell Phones And Wireless Devices Harms Your Unborn Baby’s Brain Development
“I would never drink or smoke while pregnant!” Most expectant mothers understand that carrying a child means taking extra safety measures to  protect the growing life. Unfortunately, too many mothers-to-be are not aware that, along with chemicals, certain foods, and some beverages, they also need to avoid radiation from phones, wireless routers, and laptop computers in order to safeguard their babies. Story by Susan Scutti for Medical Daily.

Amazon to Hit Mobile Phone Market with 3D Mobile
With everyday changing technology, if you want to survive in market, you will have to do something innovative, and Amazon understands this fact completely. There are more than a dozen different mobile brands available in market today and each one of them is equipped with excellent features that sometimes even users get confused to choose one among them. If a new company has to enter in such jam packed market, then it will have to offer something which nobody else has provided ye, Amazon has done exactly that. With first of its kind 3D mobile device, the tech giant is all set to hit the market pretty soon. A video was recently made public by this tech giant. In the video there was no official announcement about the launch of 3D mobile, but there were few hints which gave a clear indication of what Amazon was up to. The date of the official launch of their 3d phone is June 19, 2014, so within less than two weeks time world will see one more company in the endless world of mobile phones. Story by Yotta Fire.

Vintage Cell Phones Are Making a Comeback
In the age of expanding technology, some mobile users are reverting back to simple technology in the form of old school cell phones. The Nokias, Motorolas and Ericssons that once had claim over the entire market are now making their way back into the world. Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or the Motorola StarTec 130 are starting to fetch big prices online, despite the fact that they can only send text messages and receive phone calls. They cannot access the Internet, watch videos or take photos, yet they are going for as much as $1,300 to modern day buyers. Story by Justin Hefner for SaveOnPhone.com.

Africa’s Internet Usage To Continue Exponential Growth
Social media boom, abundance of content-rich apps, rich video content and access to cheaper Smartphones has fuelled internet usage in Africa, doubling the use of data from an average of 37,500TB (terabyte) a month in the year 2013 to 76,000TB of data a month this year. According to the June 2014. Sub-Saharan Africa Mobility Report by Ericsson, the ongoing digital revolution will continue in the coming year (2015) as data usage will increase to as much as 147 000TB per month because consumers, networks and media networks are now embracing the use of 3G and 4G technology. According to the new predictions, data revolution is expected to grow at 65 percent to 2019 and beyond. Story by Oluwabusayo Sotunde for Ventures Africa.

About John Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of SaveOnPhone.com. He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.