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Mobile phone ownership over time. The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. T-Mobile offers a great selection of Samsung cell phones. Shop and compare different models, prices, features and more! Get FREE SHIPPING with new activations.

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In contrast to the largely stationary internet of the early 2000s, Americans today are increasingly connected to the world of digital information while “on the go” via smartphones and other mobile devices. Explore the patterns and trends that have shaped the mobile revolution below.

Mobile phone ownership over time

The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly half now own tablet computers and roughly half own e-reader devices.

CellphoneSmartphone
10/27/200262%
11/30/200465%
2/9/200566%
12/31/200567%
3/28/200666%
4/6/200673%
9/5/200776%
12/2/200775%
1/13/200877%
5/11/200878%
8/10/200882%
12/20/200884%
1/27/200985%
4/19/200985%
9/14/200984%
12/27/200983%
1/19/201080%
5/30/201082%
9/13/201085%
11/1/201084%
11/24/201082%
11/28/201082%
12/21/201081%
3/20/201186%
5/22/201183%35%
8/26/201184%
12/21/201187%
1/8/201288%
1/15/201287%39%
2/19/201288%45%
4/3/201288%46%
8/5/201287%44%
8/7/201289%
9/6/201285%45%
9/23/201288%43%
9/30/201289%
10/14/201288%
11/4/201289%
11/10/201284%46%
12/9/201287%45%
12/16/201288%
1/6/201389%51%
5/19/201391%56%
7/14/201390%53%
7/28/201391%53%
9/16/201389%54%
9/30/201391%55%
10/6/201392%58%
1/5/201492%55%
1/12/201490%58%
1/26/201491%55%
2/18/201490%
4/27/201492%
9/21/201491%
12/21/201489%59%
4/12/201592%67%
7/12/201592%68%
11/15/201591%69%
4/4/201692%72%
5/3/201692%70%
11/6/201695%77%
1/10/201895%77%
2/7/201996%81%

Pew Research Center

Who owns cellphones and smartphones

A substantial majority of Americans are cellphone owners across a wide range of demographic groups. By contrast, smartphone ownership exhibits greater variation based on age, household income and educational attainment.

% of U.S. adults who own the following devices

Phones
Any cellphoneSmartphoneCellphone, but not smartphone
Total96%81%15%
Men98%84%14%
Women95%79%16%
Ages 18-2999%96%4%
30-4999%92%6%
50-6495%79%17%
65+91%53%39%
White96%82%14%
Black98%80%17%
Hispanic96%79%17%
Less than high school graduate92%66%25%
High school graduate96%72%24%
Some college96%85%11%
College graduate98%91%7%
Less than $30,00095%71%23%
$30,000-$49,99996%78%18%
$50,000-$74,99998%90%8%
$75,000+100%95%5%
Urban97%83%13%
Suburban96%83%13%
Rural95%71%24%

Source: Survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2019.

Pew Research Center

Ownership of other devices

Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly half now own tablet computers and roughly half own e-reader devices.

E-readerTablet computerDesktop/laptop computer
1/13/200874%
4/19/20092%
9/14/20093%
5/30/20104%3%
6/20/201078%
9/13/20105%4%
11/24/20106%5%
5/22/201112%8%
8/26/20119%10%
12/21/201110%10%75%
1/8/201218%20%
1/15/201219%19%78%
2/19/201214%14%
4/3/201218%18%
8/5/201219%21%
8/7/201225%
11/10/201219%24%77%
12/16/201229%
1/6/201326%31%
5/19/201324%34%
9/30/201324%34%
4/12/201519%45%73%
4/4/201617%48%74%
11/6/201622%51%78%
1/10/201853%73%
2/7/201952%74%

Pew Research Center

Smartphone dependency over time

A growing share of Americans now use smartphones as their primary means of online access at home. Today roughly one-in-five American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users – meaning they own a smartphone, but do not have traditional home broadband service.

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U.S. adults
20138%
2014--
201513%
201612%
2017--
201820%
201917%

Pew Research Center

Who is smartphone dependent

Reliance on smartphones for online access is especially common among younger adults, non-whites and lower-income Americans.

18-2930-4950-6465+
201312%9%7%3%
2014--------
201519%16%11%7%
201617%13%11%7%
2017--------
201828%24%16%10%
201922%18%14%12%

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WhiteBlackHispanic
20136%10%16%
2014------
201510%19%23%
20169%15%23%
2017------
201814%24%35%
201912%23%25%
Mobile

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MenWomen
20139%8%
2014----
201514%13%
201612%12%
2017----
201820%19%
201917%16%

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Less than $30,000$30,000-$49,999$50,000-$74,999$75,000+
201312%9%5%5%
2014--------
201520%15%10%6%
201621%12%10%5%
2017--------
201831%22%14%9%
201926%20%10%6%

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Less than high school graduateHigh school graduateSome collegeCollege graduate
201314%11%8%4%
2014--------
201521%17%14%6%
201627%15%12%5%
2017--------
201839%22%21%10%
201932%24%16%4%
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UrbanSuburbanRural
20139%7%9%
2014------
201515%12%15%
201612%12%14%
2017------
201822%17%17%
201917%13%20%

Pew Research Center

Find out more

Find more in-depth explorations of the impact of mobile adoption by following the links below.

Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019 June 13, 2019
Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists May 31, 2019
Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption May 7, 2019
Millennials stand out for their technology use, but older generations also embrace digital life May 2, 2018
About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online March 14, 2018
Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks March 8, 2018
A third of Americans live in a household with three or more smartphones May 25, 2017
Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults May 17, 2017

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