In talking about the economic impact of cell phones in the developing world, I often get asked about the impact of cell phones in the U.S.Â Nothing’s been written on it. SoÂ I dug into the topic and with the help of pollster Opinion Research Corp., which conducted a scientific random sampling of 1005 adults, and another Web survey of 110,000 Tracfone prepaid customers, I assembled some good data.
My conclusion? That Americans with household incomes less than $35,000 attribute $4.5 billion in income to their cell phones each year. And that if the 38% of these households that do not now have cell phones were to acquire them and earn money at the same rate, it would add $2.9 to $11 billion to income for these bottom two quintiles.