New research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) suggests that 3.3 million Australians (19 per cent of the population) have abandoned landlines altogether and now rely solely on a mobile phone to make calls. Are you among them?
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I’m on that list myself: there’s a phone in the workplace, but at home I rely solely on the mobile. For the handful of relatives who might complain about the cost of calling a mobile, I offer to call them straight back (I’m on an unlimited plan, so it’s no fiscal stress from that point of view).
Unsurprisingly, the phenomenon is much more marked amongst younger users, some of whom will presumably go through their whole lives without ever signing up for a landline phone. The only real difficulty there is the need for internet connectivity, but amongst that 19 per cent, a large proportion (81 per cent) also rely on 3G or 3G rather than fixed broadband.
Have you abandoned your landline and gone mobile-only for calls? Tell us (and tell us why) in the comments.