Imports of cellular phones to Panama explode

The two companies that offer cellular phone service in Panama say they have more than three million customers and users, and two other companies are poised to enter the market.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Most of the devices come from the United States.
"Cellmania" has taken over almost all of the Panamanian market.
Everyone has a cell phone, from street vendors to top executives. But these devices are more than a fad. They are necessary tools of the trade for most people.
The two companies that operate the service in Panama say they have more than three million active lines, almost one for every citizen of the country.

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