Mobile phone use in the United States increased by nearly 20 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission.
The agency found that cell phone use grew by almost 20 percent in the U.S. between 2012 to 2016, from 2.3 million to 2.6 million users.
That’s a huge jump, as the FCC says it has seen cell phone usage grow at a rate of nearly 4.4 percent annually.
The FCC found that more than 10 million cell phone users had hotspots in the nation in 2016.
The hotspots can be a boon to cell phone owners.
Many of the hotspots are in places where cell phone service is slower or out of reach.
For example, a Verizon hotspot can be found on the East Coast and west coasts of the United Kingdom.
Cell phone service has been in a free fall for several years.
In 2015, the FCC estimated that nearly 3.4 million Americans were on cellular plans at the end of 2016.
That number was down to 2 million at the beginning of this year.
In a separate report, the agency said that there was a 6 percent jump in smartphone adoption in the US from 2012 to 2015.
The number of people who use a smartphone rose by 13 percent.
The agency says this may have been due to the popularity of the iPhone.
The wireless carrier Sprint says it will add more data to its network in 2020 and beyond.