Oz Landline Extinction Predicted By 2036
Landline phones are predicted to be extinct following the revelation that less than half of Australian’s own a landline phone after a recent study from a local comparison site.
Finder surveyed 5,135 Australians to reveal that only 56% own a landline phone.
Of those 56%, 18% regularly use it for phone calls, with a further 18% saying they only have one because it came with their internet bundle.
Curiously, 11% of respondents admitted to never using their handset at all, despite assumedly have the landline installed.
‘Ditching’ the home phone has become a ‘no-brainer’ due to the value provided by mobile plans, says tech specialist at Finder, Sabine Leroy.
“Unlimited calls are now a standard inclusion for mobile plans, so why should we be paying for a home phone as well?
Sabine suggests the decline is due to many younger Australians not growing up with the traditional landline phone.
Through Finder’s analysis of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest annual report, landline phones could become extinct as early as 2036.
Landline connection rates plummeted from 83% in 2011 to just 58% in 2018, a drop of 25% in under a decade.
Finder predicts this number will drop to 50% by 2021, with the remaining Australian homes to follow in the next 15 years.