SINGAPORE, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Singapore has a total population of nearly 5 million, while the number of mobile phones in use here has reached 7.02 million as of June this year, local media reported on Wednesday.
This means an average of 1.4 handsets per person here. Of these, 40 percent of the mobile phones are smart phones. This has put smartphone ownership rates here at one of the highest globally, local daily The Straits Times said.
In the United States, for instance, smartphone penetration stood at just 27 percent as of June, according to a report by market research firm Nielsen Company.
Smartphone penetration globally is about 23 percent.
Sales of smartphones in Singapore began rising late last year and consumers were drawn to the devices, which allow them to watch YouTube videos, navigate driving instructions, download and play music and even play games on top of making phone calls and sending text messages.
Analyst group Frost & Sullivan said that with smartphones flying off the shelves between 70 and 80 percent of new handsets sold here are smartphones penetration rates could cross the 50 percent mark by year-end.