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More Aussies Shed Fixed-Lines

More Aussies Shed Fixed-Lines

Latest research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) shows that, as of December 2014, 29 percent of adult Australians were mobile-only phone users, meaning about 5.2 million don’t have a fixed-line telephone.

Some 54 percent of mobile-only users are aged 25 to 34, and living in a shared household.

ACMA also found that 21 percent of Australians rely exclusively on mobile devices to access the Internet, including mobile phone, tablet or mobile broadband connections. 

This was up from 19 per cent at December 2013.

As of December 2014, there were 3.9 million Australians who were mobile-only Internet users, compared to 2013, when the figure was 3.5 million.

ACMA concludes that the increased functionality of mobile phones, reduced costs, greater 3G and 4G broadband network penetration, and increased access to Wi-Fi networks are all contributing factors to this situation