It’s a question of when.
With a growing number of people choosing to use their phones at home, many countries are seeing a rise in mobile phone use.
Here’s a look at the countries that have the biggest percentage of their population using their mobile phones.
The Globe and Mail asked readers to provide their personal mobile phone numbers, and to give us their views on which countries have been growing the most and least.1.
Canada and QuebecThe Canadian and Quebec populations have been increasing in recent years.
In 2011, a quarter of Canadians said they had a mobile phone.
In 2016, that number was up to 39 per cent, up from 29 per cent in 2011.
And Quebecers are now also using more smartphones, with a total of more than 14 million devices.2.
Norway and FinlandThe Scandinavian country saw its mobile phone user share increase by about 3 per cent between 2011 and 2016.
In 2017, it was up by about 4 per cent to 4.3 per cent.
The Finnish population, meanwhile, has seen a steady decline in its smartphone use.
In the early 2000s, more than 70 per cent of Finns were mobile phone users.
In recent years, however, they’ve dropped to a relatively low figure of 35 per cent overall.3.
SwitzerlandWhile it’s still relatively new to the mobile phone world, Switzerland has already made a mark on the smartphone industry.
Between 2011 and 2017, the number of Swiss phones was up about 30 per cent — a figure that would be more than double the growth of Canada and the United States combined.
In 2020, Switzerland saw its smartphone users double.4.
United KingdomIt is a little surprising that the United Kingdom is seeing the largest growth in its mobile phones use, with an increase of 6.5 per cent from 2016 to 2017.
According to figures from the Royal Household Association, more people are switching to smartphones in Britain than anywhere else in Europe.
In 2019, more Britons were on mobile phones than anywhere in the EU.5.
ItalyThe population of Italy grew by about 2 per cent each year between 2011-2017.
The country’s mobile phone subscriber count increased by about 12 per cent during that period, up to about 2.8 million people.
In 2018, it reached about 7.5 million, up by around 8.5 percent from 2017.6.
NorwayThe country with the largest mobile phone base in Europe has seen its population grow by about 9 per cent over the past three years.
The number of Norwegian mobile phone subscribers grew by around 5 per cent per year between 2016 and 2017.7.
AustriaWhile Austria saw its growth in smartphone use plateau at around 6 per cent last year, the country has seen an increase in its usage in recent times.
Between 2017 and 2019, the population of Austria increased by nearly 9 per per cent compared to the same period in 2016.8.
DenmarkWhile the Scandinavian country has not seen a spike in its population, it has seen steady growth in the use of mobile phones — a phenomenon that has been gaining momentum since 2014.
In 2015, Denmark saw its population increase by around 6.6 per cent year on year.
In 2021, it’s expected to grow by around 10 per cent annually.9.
Norway The country with one of the largest smartphone bases in Europe is also one of few that doesn’t have any data roaming restrictions, meaning that mobile data usage is free in Norway.
The rest of the world can enjoy a free mobile data plan with a connection.10.
SpainSpain has also seen a huge growth in mobile phones usage over the years.
Between 2014 and 2019 the country saw an increase by nearly 14 per cent due to a shift to smartphones.
Between 2020 and 2021, the total number of Spanish mobile phones increased by more than 19 per cent while mobile data rates increased by around 4 per in the same time period.11.
FranceWhile France’s mobile telephone subscriber count has remained relatively stable over the last decade, the mobile user base has been steadily increasing.
Between 2010 and 2020, France’s population increased by 9.3 million people, while mobile phone data rates went up by 5.2 per cent that year.12.
NetherlandsIn 2018, the Netherlands saw its number of mobile subscribers double.
The Netherlands has seen the growth in popularity of smartphones, which has coincided with an influx of more and more Dutch-born migrants into the country.
Between 2015 and 2020 the number in the country grew by 9 per 1,000 people.13.
SwedenAs the population in Sweden grew by 6.8 per cent a year in 2018, so did the number who said they used their mobile phone on a daily basis.
Between 2018 and 2020 it grew by more or less the same amount.14.
United StatesDespite not being as widely known as other countries, the United State has seen significant growth in smartphones usage.
Between 2016 and 2020 mobile phone and data usage increased by 8.6 million people and mobile data prices