How people use mobile phones around the world

Updated 10:09 AM ET, Thu September 27, 2012
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During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games a group of residents in one of the capital's old neighborhood gathered to watch the opening ceremony on a single shou-ji (hand machine). AFP/Getty Images
In Japan it is frowned upon to use a keitai (portable) in public. Train commuters are repeatedly told through recorded announcements to switch their mobiles to silent or vibrate, referred to as "manner mode". Getty Images
In Japan, where collective needs are put above the individual's, it is no surprise that texting, mobile email, games and novels are more popular than voice calls. AFP/Getty Images
The Italians happily answer calls in restaurants, during business meetings conferences and even concerts. AFP/Getty Images
Discreetly texting or instant messaging under the table during meetings is also commonplace, says Dr. Amparo Lasén, Professor of Sociology at the University Complutense de Madrid. Here former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi talks on his mobile phone in the Italian Senate prior to a crucial confidence vote in 2010. AFP/Getty Images
In parts of India and Africa, a culture of intentional missed calls known called 'flashing' or 'beeping' is commonplace. Getty Images
Texting and the use of mobile internet have been slow to catch up in the United States. A recent survey found that 72 per cent of Americans found loud conversations in public places to be the worst habits of cell phone users. AFP/Getty Images
A man uses his phone before a ceremony to ordain four rabbis in a German synagogue. AFP/Getty Images
With around 40 million Facebook users and 20 million tweeters Indonesia is one of the most social media friendly nations on the planet. AFP/Getty Images
A young Indonesian boy takes a photo with a mobile phone following prayers at the old Jakarta port of Sunda Kelapa where he was celebrating the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival. AFP/Getty Images
These Saudi women are taking photos with their mobile phones after the end of a prayer performed on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in the great mosque in the old City of Riyadh to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. AFP/Getty Images
Iran, is by far the biggest market in the Middle East for mobile phone subscriptions, and the number is predicted to grow to 122 million by the end of 2016. During the political protests in 2009, many Iranians claimed their mobile phones were bugged by the government as they (and social networking sites) were vital in organizing demonstrations. AFP/Getty Images
A native Brazilian takes a picture with his mobile phone of the indigenous groups at the Rio 2012 environmental summit in in Rio de Janeiro. AFP/Getty Images