This file photo taken on January 27, 2011 shows a man using a Nokia cellular phone outside Helsinki railway station. AFP / LEHTIKUVA / Jarno Mela
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On the crowded morning metro in Helsinki, silence prevails. Everyone is hunched over their smartphone screens, reading the news, checking emails or watching videos. Finland, once a world leader in mobile telephony with Nokia, is in a class of its own when it comes to internet usage on smartphones and tablets, thanks to cheap subscription plans."People got quite provoked by it but in my opinion there was a point," she tells AFP.She says she uses internet more on her phone than on her laptop but less so now that she has a child.Hannele Houston, 34, is a perfect example. She owns a smartphone and a tablet, both with internet connections.
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