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Published on February 8th, 2019 | by Alan Cross


Wait: 25% of Canadians still don’t have ANY kind of mobile phone?

Everyone has a mobile phone now, right? Nope. Look at this chart from Statista.

Okay, I get it why 35% of India and 29% of Indonesia don’t have any sort of mobile phone. But look which country comes next: Canada.

According to this graph, a full 25% of Canadian adults still aren’t part of the cell phone collective. Meanwhile, another 9% are happy with a dumb feature phone (I’m looking at you, Dad.)

Canada is way, way behind the UK where only 5% or mobile-phone free and the US (6%). Even Russia is doing better.

Why? Is it because the cost of ownership of any cell phone is too high? Is it because so many of us still insist on having land lines? Any other theories?

These stats have other implications. For example, it could explain the slower-than-other-countries adoption of streaming music.

Or (see the comment below), the this data could be completely wrong.


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6 Responses to Wait: 25% of Canadians still don’t have ANY kind of mobile phone?

  1. Shane says:

    I’m not shocked at all. Way to expensive to own a smart phone with Bell and Rogers having a monoply.

  2. Dan says:

    Our data rates are insane compared to other countries. For a lot of elderly people, it just isn’t worth the switch. Plus, have youever tried to explain how a modern smart phone or tablet works to a tablet? Holy moly…

  3. Otto says:

    There’s something odd about their data, because Stats Canada said 76% of people had a smartphone… in 2016.

  4. Glen Buchanan says:

    It is certainly way too expensive. I actually have one only because I need it for medical emergencies. . I don’t want to be connected to people or work 24/7. My own time is just that- my own. The last time we had a power outage our cells ran out of power but out landline kept on working.

  5. In USA and I do not use a smartphone. Does anyone figure the part about the slave labor that goes into making those ‘smartphones’? Am I one of the ultra-sensitive to elecro-magnetic frequencies? Doesn’t anyone know that there is cancer, aging, drying out of soft tissues and loss of memory associated with cell phones? I am happy to have a landline. Cell phone towers, and wifi hot-spots make me nauseous. Oh yeah, only a few people recognize the bad health effects including harm to reproductive organs, eyes and lower immune systems from being near the signals. Right they’re everywhere. Watch out for 5g, we’ll all be fried. Look up ‘effects of cell phone towers’. Maybe that’ll give you a hint.

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