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Australia Is Going Mobile Only

New research has confirmed a recent survey showing that Australians are indeed moving away from fixed-line phones, with an ever-increasing number of adults now exclusively using mobile for voice calls over a landline.

ACMA’s mobile-only Australia interactive report takes a look at what kind of technology Australians are using to communicate at home over the last five years, confirming a decline in the use of landline phones.

ChannelNews previously reported on a survey by Finder which predicted landline phone extinction by 2036, with only 56% of those surveyed owning a home phone.

‘Ditching’ the home phone has become a ‘no-brainer’ due to the value provided by mobile plans, said tech specialist at Finder, Sabine Leroy.

Just over half of the Australian adults (51%) were mobile-only for voice calls at home (without a landline) up from 27% in 2014.

Only 16% of adults used mobile broadband for internet at home, down from 23% in 2014, which could be attributed to the roll-out of the NBN, although with the advent of 5G connectivity, this may reverse as the network grows.

A small 12% of Australian adults only used their mobile for both voice calls and home internet, which was the same as it was in 2014.

The report indicates there are more young Australian’s using their mobile for voice calls, with 63% of those aged 18-24 and 79% of those 25-34-year-olds, with younger Australians also more likely to be mobile-only for home internet.

Fewer elderly Australians are using mobile-only for voice calls at home, dropping to just 18% for 75+.

Considering 18% of those surveyed by Finder said they only have a landline because it came with their internet bundle, supports ACMA’s report.

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