Three million mobile-phone users, and counting
Mobile Server, a company which focuses on publishing information on mobile phones, mobile technology, telecommunications and other related fields noted that in mid-August, more than 3 million people, about 30% of the Czech population use mobile phones. With this number on the rise, it won't be long before the Czech Republic reaches the same level as Western countries such as the USA and Britain. Dita Asiedu has more:
Since the Velvet Revolution, Prague has changed dramatically. One of the most visible changes has been an invasion of the capital by mobile-phone users. One used to be able to get on a tram after a hard day's work and relax. But those days are over. Now, the only place where you're guaranteed peace and quiet is in your own home. Everywhere else, every five minutes or so, this is what you have to put up with... Pavel Borkovec, the Managing Director of Mobile Server, explains why the use of mobile phones has become so popular: A few years ago, a mobile phone was a luxury. However, with the introduction of pre-paid cards, mobiles have become affordable, even to young people. The cordless communication devices come in different shapes, colours, and sizes and for a little more cash can offer services like faxing and Internet access. It is easy to understand why the pocket phone is most popular amongst those aged between 18 and 24 years. With the recent introduction of a third mobile phone provider, Oskar, competition has been greater. The activation fees of other operators have already decreased and more significant changes are expected at the end of the year. By that time, Oskar should have signal coverage equal to that of it's competitors. Pavel Borkovec once more: According to Pavel Borkovec, mobile-phone users in the Czech Republic have been informed about potential health risks, as much as their European counterparts. However, with little concrete evidence to back up claims of radiation, most people couldn't care less.