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No. 8 Mobile telephony snapshot

Mobile phone ownership, SMS usage and mobile phone usage of friends/ relatives

Base: All respondents, weighted column percentages
Questions: A19, A20, A27
Sources: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

Although mobile penetration is currently quite high in most western countries, differences in usage patterns between countries occur, as do divergences in the use of data mobile services for communication. In some countries voice calls are widely used and in other countries data calls are more common. Similarly, at the time of the SIBIS survey phase both France and the US were clearly behind the rest of the Western European countries in terms of mobile intensity penetration and usage. Further behind are most of the candidate countries with the exception of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia and Slovenia.

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