Mobile phone ownership is near-ubiquitous in Australia — if you’re under 65. After that, it turns out people are a lot keener on the old-fashioned land line (Internet connection optional).
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New figures from the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) suggest one quarter of Australians aged 65 or over have a fixed-line phone but no mobile phone. That's 855,000 people for whom a landline remains the only way to get in touch. (For the overall population, just 7 per cent only have a fixed-line service.)
While that does mean three-quarters of older Aussies do have a mobile phone, that doesn't mean it's heavily used. This chart highlights the differences between older phone owners and the population at large:
The lesson here? Take some time to teach older friends or relatives how to get the most from their mobile. You'll both be glad you did.