Figure 1 - Cell Phone Service Subscriptions: 1985-July 2001

Figure 1 - Cell Phone Service Subscriptions: 1985-July 2001

(Millions of subscribers)

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Date Subscriptions
1985 340,213
1986 681,825
1987 1,230,855
1988 2,069,441
1989 3,508,944
1990 5,283,055
1991 7,557,148
1992 11,032,753
1993 16,009,461
1994 24,134,421
1995 33,785,661
1996 44,042,992
1997 55,312,293
1998 69,209,321
1999 86,047,003
2000 109,478,031
July 2001 117,000,000

NOTE: Includes all active cellular, personal communications service (PCS), and Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) telephone service subscriptions. The survey excludes satellite phone, paging, and messaging services, to the extent they are provided separately from cellular, PCS, and ESMR services.

SOURCE: Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, "Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey," available at http://www.wow-com.com/industry/stats/, as of Nov. 14, 2001.