UK smartphone users ditching calls for texts

by Dale Wright

How do you use your phone? Most of our mobile contracts come bundled with thousands of minutes and texts – but do you ever use them?

According to Ofcom, we’re now more likely to text someone rather than call them.

texting UK smartphone users ditching calls for texts

In a recent survey, 58% of respondents said they sent at least one text a day. In fact, we sent a massive 150 billion text messages over the course of 2011.

Only 47% of people now say they make a daily phone call, and the amount of time people spend on their mobile phone fell from 125 billion minutes to 124 billion minutes from 2010 to 2011.

Landline usage dropped 10%, a really significant number. It looks like we’re all well on the way to using our smartphones for all our communication needs.

As usual, young people are leading the way. A massive 96% of 16-24 year olds texted on a daily basis last year.

Ofcom conclude that smartphones are changing the way we communicate, making texting easier than ever. Analysts also say that UK networks have been smart in pricing texts so low and encouraging us not to switch to free messaging apps. On average, people in the UK send 50 texts a week, meaning we’re all paying for texts on our contracts that some of us never come close to using, but networks are bundling these in – perhaps in a bid to make themselves look generous.

The amount of people with a new iPad or other tablet computer has also shot up this year, and with the Google Nexus 7 on sale today, it’s likely this will increase even further as the year goes on. At the beginning of 2011, only 2% of UK households owned a tablet. This has already risen to 11%. More consumers are looking for bargains when shopping for tablet PCs; if an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire were launched in the UK, we could see tablets becoming part of the furniture.

Have you ditched the landline? Will you be picking up a cheap tablet to watch the Olympics this year? Let us know!

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