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Living with mobile phones in Brazil

June 21, 2008

By Sandra Rubia Silva, PhD student, Department of Anthropology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

In Brazil, according to the Brazilian Telecommunications Agency, ever since the beginning of mobile telephony services in 1990, the number of subscribers has increased at astonishing rates: from 4.6 million in 1997 to 124 million in February 2008, to a total population of 182 million. Nowadays, the Brazilian mobile service teledensity rate – that is, the number of mobile telephones in use per 100 inhabitants – is 65,09. In the country´s capital, Brasilia, there are more mobile phones than there are people.

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  1. June 21, 2008 10:13 am

    Now this is a funny information. I can’t imagine how many cellphones you’ll see carried by a Brazillian. But then again, it’s counted by the sales right? so probably the store gets a lot of numbers counted.


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