8/20/2008 11:06:00 AM
Ofcom report shows mobile usage has doubled in six years
People in the UK are using their mobile phone twice as much compared with 2002, according to Ofcom’s annual report on the UK communications industry.
The document revealed that the time consumers spent talking and texting on their mobile doubled between 2002 and 2007, up from five minutes to 10 minutes per day.
The report also said that the number of connected mobiles outnumbered the population last year; 74 million mobile connections were registered across the UK population of 60 million people by the end of 2007.
This represented an increase of 3.7 million connections compared with the end of 2006, and a 48% rise from 2002.
Mobile usage is also eclipsing landline activity, with seven out of 10 people owning a mobile phone and a landline, but using their mobile to make calls when they are at home, and one in 10 saying that they never use their landline to make calls.
The popularity of texting has not diminished either. The average mobile user sends 67 texts per month compared with 53 texts per month in 2006.
Peter Phillips, partner, strategy and market development, said: ‘Our devotion to watching, listening and staying in touch wherever and whenever we want shows no sign of diminishing and, with healthy competition, overall prices offer increasing value for money.’