Are Mobile Phones Replacing Landlines?

It is becoming more common for households to rely purely on mobile phones and no longer have the traditional landline.  In fact statistics released by the US Labour Department in 2007 US households were expected to spend more on mobile phones than landlines services for that year.  The figures revealed that there were nearly 250 million mobile phones in use nationwide – and only 170 million landlines in use.

In Australia, according to information released by The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) nearly 3.3 million Australians aged 18 had replaced the landline by mobile phones.  That is one in five households no longer use a landline for telephone calls.  Not unexpectedly those over 65 are less likely have replaced the landline with a mobile phone although according to Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) the growth rates of this group are larger than average and more than doubling year on year.

However the phone line is still used for the internet with only 3% of the Australian population having no personal fixed line service of any kind.  Whilst the numbers for full mobile substitution are low there is rapid growth rate in this at around 70% in the last year.

Why mobile phones are replacing landlines:-

The most obvious reason is the portability of mobile phones meaning you can take them anywhere with you.

Mobile phones are more than a telephone, it’s a social network (you can text as well as send and receive emails), it’s a personal navigator and a camera to mention just a few features.

It can be quicker to make a call from a mobile phone as they contain all contacts which are very easy to access.

Mobiles are more fun being personalized with ringtones, wallpapers, and applications including games to keep the children occupied.

It’s fashionable to have a mobile phone – in fact it us downright unfashionable to not have one.

Some places you can’t get a landline such as a student college.

Landlines are not save to be used during an electrical storm.

Disadvantages of mobile phones:-

Plans can be costly.

They are not as reliable with the possibility of dropped calls, dead zones and poor voice quality.  In general mobile phones are less dependable than landlines.

Mobile phones need to be kept charged, landlines do not.  If your battery runs down you may not be able to make or receive calls until it is recharged.

It is easier to lose your mobile phone – and they get stolen.  Thus you can be caught without a phone until you purchase a new one.

Mobiles for Business

Research indicates that mobiles will replace landlines in the business environment too.  According to research from Virgin Media Business which interviewed 500 UK CIOs  65% of respondents believed landlines would no longer be an everyday tool in corporate environments by 2017  Furthermore an overwhelming 87% stated that landlines would be redundant within the next five years due to the rise in use of mobile phones.

The growth of mobile technology is due to mobile connections to the internet improving all the time so that office workers are becoming increasingly reliant on smartphones and less on landlines.

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Are Mobile Phones Replacing Landlines

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