Death of the landline – Brits using home phone half as much as in 2012, says Ofcom

Death of the landline - Brits using home phone half as much as in 2012, says Ofcom

Britons spend almost half as much time using their landlines as they did six years ago while mobile phone data demand has grown tenfold, new Ofcom data shows.

The demand for landline calls has dropped from 103 billion minutes in 2012 to 54 billion in 2017, while mobile call minutes increased from 132.1 billion to 148.6 billion.

Meanwhile, the average person’s demand for instant messaging and internet phone calls has increased from 0.2 gigabytes to 1.9 gigabytes during the same period. 

In the coming years, Ofcom expects broadband calls to overtake traditional telephone calls for the first time.

The move to ditch landlines in favour of mobile phones could end the need for remembering phone numbers or even having to dial them, Ofcom has claimed.

Liz Greenberg, head of numbering at Ofcom, said: “Some of us can remember a time when we stored phone numbers in our head, rather than our mobile. But the way we use and feel about telephone numbers is changing.

“In the future, as more calls are made over broadband, dialling codes won’t need to be fixed to a particular part of the country. So the question is – could area codes become a thing of the past?”

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