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Users abandon fixed line in favour of mobility

Antony Savvas

More phone users than ever are replacing their fixed phone lines with mobile phones.

Research conducted by Mori on behalf of Nokia reveals there are over 45 milllion adults in the UK, US, Germany and South Korea who have replaced their fixed line with a mobile phone to make all their voice calls.

The Fixed-to-Mobile Substitution (FMS) survey also reveals that a large number of respondents feel that mobile connections could replace fixed ones for accessing data.

With the appearance of Wi-Fi hotspots and the promised arrival of an even faster wireless broadband technology called WiMax next year, such sentiment may tie in with developments. Also, an increasing number of gadgets to enable users to access their e-mail and
other applications over 2.5G mobile networks are now available, with 3G still to come.

Respondents who favoured wireless data expected to move to such a service in one or two years.

But there are still reasons for the majority of adults in the surveyed countries to stick with their landlines. 
 
For instance, almost 70% of respondents in the UK considered cost to be the key reason for choosing fixed calls ahead of mobile calls, the largest percentage of any country.

But the need for a landline for data and greater perceived reliability of a landline are important criteria in the minds of US and German users.

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