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Mobile-only Australia

The ACMA recently provided a report regarding the use of mobile phones in Australia. Our Mobile-only Australia interactive report looks over the last five years at what kind of technology—mobile, internet or both—Australians are using to communicate at home.

For making calls, Australians keep moving away from their fixed-line phone. An ever-increasing number of adults now use a mobile, and less have a home landline.

But even though we are using more mobile data, the number of us using only a mobile connection for the internet at home has dropped.

Mobile-only Aussies

In the year to June 2019:

  • 51 per cent of Australian adults were mobile-only for voice calls at home (with a mobile but no landline), up from 27 per cent in 2014
  • 16 per cent were mobile-only for internet at home (with mobile broadband or mobile phone), down from 23 per cent in 2014
  • 12 per cent were mobile-only for both voice and internet at home, the same as in 2014

Age and mobile use

More young Australians only use their mobile for voice calls (63 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds and 79 per cent of 25 to 34 year-olds). Fewer older Australians are mobile-only for voice calls at home.

Mobile use for the internet is very different. 18 to 24 year-olds are slightly more likely to be mobile-only for their internet use at home, with smaller differences between the other age groups.

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