12/11/2012 12:01:00 AM
Tech spend close to £1,000 per year
Britons spent almost £1,000 in 2012 on technology, with almost half buying a new smartphone.
Research from price comparison site uSwitch.com revealed the second high technology spend was on mobile phones, accounting for an average of £22 per month. Only spending on television (£24.71 per month) was higher. The research said 23% of Britons spent between £26 and £50 per month on a contract. It found 48% of consumers bought a smartphone, compared to 22% who bought a feature phone.
The entry of the likes of Google and Amazon into the tablet market led to growing demand in this area, with 28% of consumers buying a tablet. This was compared to 18% who bought an e-reader.
Ernest Doku from uSwitch.com said: 'Unsurprisingly, one of Brits' tech spends is on mobile phones. Smartphones in particular have become an integral part of people's social and working lives with the capability to stream video, check emails and browse websites, as well as make phones calls. In fact, a number of gadgets are encompassing every aspect of our lives now.'
Editor: Graeme Neill