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There are now more wireless subscriptions in the USA than there are citizens, according to the latest data from The Wireless Association (CTIA). The Association's latest count of all things wireless, The Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey, (PDF) covers July 2011 to June 2012, and found: 321.7 million wireless subscriber …

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WTF?

Huh?

"Another metric that declined was staff numbers at wireless carriers, with their collective headcount falling from 238,071 in December 2011 to June 2012"

Well did it decline by 238,071 jobs in less than a year, or did you guys forget to include the second number?

If the carriers axed that many people, Im surprised noone's mentioned it, considering its an election year of course.

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1.16 trillion megabytes = 1.055 exabytes

Was there some special reason to use Megabytes as the units here?

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Probably a psychological reason by the CTIA, 1.16 trillion megabytes sounds much bigger to the average policy maker and legislator than 1.055 exabytes, the FCC may know better but I have my doubts that Congress does. Advertisers would also emphasize the megabyte or gigabyte number rather than exabyte because just one of anything, no matter how vast of a number it really is (which in this case is extremely vast), sounds smaller.

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