Nice talking to you ... mobile phone use passes milestone reports the Guardian newspaper in the UK.
A UN report reveals that half the globe now pays to use one and Africa is the continent with the fastest growth, where penetration has soared from just one in 50 people at the turn of the century to 28%.
The report points to the Gambia, where mobile subscriptions have rocketed amid stiff competition among mobile operators. Out of almost a million telephone subscribers, there are more than 800,000 mobile subscriptions but only about 50,000 fixed telephone lines in service.
Developing countries now account for about two-thirds of the mobile phones in use, compared with less than half of subscriptions in 2002.