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Home phones on the way out, mobiles in ascendancy: survey Featured

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Landlines may become extinct earlier than expected according to comparison website Finder which says that a recent survey of several thousand Australians reveals they are using mobiles and only have a home phone because it came with their Internet service.

Finder says the survey of 5,135 Australian home phone owners revealed that 56% of Aussies own a landline phone, but with just 18% regularly using it for phone calls and a further 18% who only have one because it came with their Internet.

And with the survey finding that one in ten (11%) home phone owners admitted to never using their handset, Finder says the number of Aussie homes with a landline connected has already declined.

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According to Sabine Leroy, tech analyst at Finder, with mobile plans providing such good value for money, “ditching home phones has become a no-brainer”.

“Unlimited calls are now a standard inclusion for mobile plans, so why should we be paying for a home phone as well?

“Much like the telephone book, landline phones are fast becoming relics from another era. Many Gen Z haven’t grown up with home phones, while Millennials are probably the last generation to remember using a landline,” Leroy says.

peter phone smallAnd Finder says analysis of the Australian Communications and Media Authority's latest annual report revealed that Aussie homes could be landline free as early as 2036.

Finder says the number of Aussie homes with a landline connected has plummeted from 83% in 2011 to just 58% in 2018 - a drop of 25% in just eight years.

Based on this decline, Finder says it expects the number of Aussie homes with a landline to drop to 50% by 2021, with remaining homes following suit over the next 15 years.

And according to Leroy some Aussies are reluctant to part with their home phone because they use it to call friends and relatives overseas.

“There’s a common misconception that making international calls on a mobile is extortionately priced, but this is no longer the case.

“A number of teclos (sic) now offer mobile plans which include unlimited international minutes to selected countries. Aussies can potentially save big bucks by making the switch – there’s no excuse not to call the folks back home now!”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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