To what extent have mobile phones become substitutes for fixed-line telephone and fixed-internet, and what is the influence of Australians’ age, location and living circumstances? This snapshot provides some answers to those questions.
Mobile phones and mobile internet devices are an increasingly important feature of Australia’s communications landscape. But to what extent have mobile phones become substitutes for fixed-line telephone and fixed-internet, and what is the influence of Australians’ age, location and living circumstances? The data in this research acma snapshot provides some answers to those questions.
At December 2014, 12 per cent of adult Australians had neither a fixed-line telephone nor fixed internet in their homes, instead using mobile devices for voice, messaging and internet access. This is a small but growing group of the Australian adult population who are exclusively mobile in their communications at home.
As well, nearly one-third (29 per cent) of adult Australians were mobile-only phone users—with a mobile phone but no fixed-line telephone at home. The incidence of mobile-only phone use has increased substantially over a four-year period from 2.2 million at December 2010 to 5.2 million at December 2014.
A significant proportion of adult Australians (21 per cent) did not have a fixed internet connection at December 2014. These are mobile-only internet users, who rely on mobile devices—whether a mobile phone, tablet or mobile broadband connection—to access the internet.