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75 percent of the world's population has access to mobile phones: report

WASHINGTON--The global address book for mobile phones has reached 6 billion contacts, and experts say the number of mobile subscriptions will soon pass the world population.

According to a World Bank report released Wednesday, 75 percent of the world's population now has access to a mobile phone.

The report estimates that by 2015 there will be 7.5 billion people in the world and nearly 9 billion mobile subscriptions.

The growth has been most rapid in developing countries. Mobile subscribers in developing countries made up 77 percent of subscribers worldwide in 2010, up from 29 percent in 2000.

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