Asia Bizz: As technology advances at a rapid speed every year, so do users of technological devices and gadgets. In the tiny Asian country of Japan – which is considered to be one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world – the number of cell phone subscriptions has increased drastically and has even crossed the 120 million mark in April 2011.

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The increase in the number of subscriptions to mobile phone services has been mainly attributed to the increased usage of the gadget among the older population in the region, in addition to the fact that a major chunk of Japanese cellphone users own both smartphones as well as the usual mobile phone. As the cell phone has become a necessity in the present age, owning more than one is no longer considered a novelty, but an essential part of staying connected at all times.

According to figures released by Japan’s Telecommunications Carriers Association, the total number of subscriptions as of April 2011 was 0.5% higher than the previous year.

Softbank Mobile Corp is the company that has the highest number of users who subscribe to its mobile phone service, and reports state that it has held the top spot in Japan for the past 13 months.


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