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It is a theme that almost without fail arises in focus groups, interviews, and even casual conversation. What is it about the public use of the mobile telephone that grates on the common imagination? What does this say about the technology, about the people who use it in public spaces, and about the role of public space in our social lives? Upon the ringing of a mobile telephone, you must, in one way or another, excuse yourself from the face-to-face world and give yourself over to a telephonic sociability.

5), which has the image of being the most advanced mobile country in the world, was slightly behind the top tier of countries. 42), where a much lower adoption rate is found. 53). 84) are clearly the most advanced mobile countries and are the major population centers. In the Americas, the material from the ITU showed that there were about 30 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 persons. 72) headed the list of the most mobilized countries in the region. 81% coverage. 19 mobile telephone subscriptions per 100 persons in Asia/Middle East.

As with Europe, there are also many countries with relatively low rates of adoption. 81) are examples of large population groups where there are few mobile telephone subscriptions. The sheer size of China means that it is the single largest mobile market in the world, with about 200 million subscriptions, 130 million of which are GSM. Nonetheless, there are only about 16 subscriptions per 100 persons there. 19% coverage in 2002. The thing of note here is that there were often nearly as many mobile as landline subscriptions.

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