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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:15 pm
Going back to one of my original questions at the start of the thread...

[quote:5d607748c3]- Does anyone have (or know anyone who has) just a mobile but no landline?[/quote:5d607748c3]
[quote:5d607748c3]Millions set to disconnect their fixed-line phones
September 5, 2009

Research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority shows as many as one in five consumers have considered dropping their fixed line subscriptions to save money.

ABOUT 2 million people are considering ditching their fixed-line home phones, as Australians move closer to becoming one of the world's first wireless economies.

For the first time this year, the communications giant Telstra has had more mobile phone subscribers than fixed-line subscribers. Mobile phones now outnumber fixed lines by more than two-to-one.

There are 105 mobiles for every 100 people, making Australia one of the most saturated markets in the world behind South Korea, with 114 mobile phones for every 100 people.

Although research has shown the decline of fixed lines has been relatively slow, declining by 1.7 per cent a year since 2004, research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority shows as many as one in five consumers have considered dropping their fixed line subscriptions to save money. The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association's chief executive, Chris Althaus, said the trend has been exacerbated by the slowing economy and improving mobile phone technology.

"There's been more and more case studies published, which have shown the extraordinary productivity potential of employees being enabled with mobile devices," he said. ''It's no longer seen as a non-core cost for a business - if anything, it's easier to cut back on fixed lines here and there.''

An ACMA study last year found the decline of fixed lines has been led by younger consumers. About 91 per cent of retirees said their main form of communication was the fixed-line phone, while 70 per cent of 18-to-31 year-olds consider mobile phones as their main form of communication.

Apart from being early adopters of new technology, Mr Althaus said there were also social reasons young people were more dependent on mobile phones.

"The relationship between mobile and fixed [lines] has been changing over time,'' he said. ''Young people tend not to rely on fixed because they are moving house reasonably often and enjoy the continuity of the number and the accessibility they can get from their mobile.

''This is all being amplified at the minute by the very substantial take-up of mobile data, so what's happening is the functionality of the mobile phone has expanded dramatically.''

This year Telstra reported its fixed-line subscribers fell by four per cent to 9.2 million, while its mobile-phone subscribers increased four per cent to 9.7 million subscribers.

An ACMA spokesman said Australians owned a total of 21.2 million mobile phones.

But despite the market saturation, a CommSec economist, Craig James, said mobile phones were a revolving technology and the huge demand for new phone models would mean that demand should remain high for at least another 12 months.

Although retail spending slowed in July, more than 560,000 mobile phones were sold at the wholesale level - a 3.1 per cent increase on the same month in 2008.

''It just goes to show that Australians … love their gadgets,'' Mr James said.

''If you're a consumer, mobile phones are right at the centre of your discretionary spend and if you're an employer, it's seen as a basic cost of business.''
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http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/millions-set-to-disconnect-their-fixedline-phones-20090904-fbih.html
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:18 pm
It's sad to say but I can't live without mine. Most of my friends don't have my landline number, so I just get called on my mobile.

It's just so easy because even when I'm not home, I am still able to be contacted.

Sadly, I doubt I could last long without mine.

I have gone through 3 phones, and desperately need a new one. This one is so old, and having it dropped down the stairs a few times isn't a good mixture. :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:23 pm
[quote:ef65f73093="PF"]Questions for discussion (and I am sure I will think of more):
- Anyone else not have a mobile (or better still - can comfortably live without one?)
- How long could you reasonably live without one?
- Does anyone have (or know anyone who has) just a mobile but no landline?
- How many mobile phones have you been through, and who has kept and still uses the same one they started with?[/quote:ef65f73093]

If I am contactable other ways then I can live without a mobile

I know people with mobile only, no landline.

Considering the Analogue network no longer operates, nope don't still use first phone

I worked in a T-Shop back in the early 90s. The huge shift in mobiles as a safety option came back then when there was a spate of murders in the Frankston area.
We had to open on Saturday but hardly did any business. A few murders later and customers were queuing on a Saturday to buy mobiles

Frankston to Dandenong Rd was not a place people wanted to breakdown on, nothing for miles......................

I commute by bike to work (35km) so having the mobile is peace of mind that if something goes wrong I can call easily.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:24 pm
^^ How old is old buddy? :wink:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:24 pm
My mobile phone's saved my butt a fair few times while I've been out driving.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:27 pm
I don't own a mobile phone. Even if I did, I doubt I would use it much (if at all).

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:28 pm
I don't think I could live without my mobile, but I could definitely get by without a landline. I never use my landline anymore. My mobile is just so much more convenient.

I'm on my 5th mobile phone now. My first was a crappy falling apart second hand Nokia 5110. And now I have an iPhone....so bit upgrade there. Haha. This is definitely the most expensive phone I've ever owned. I'm so scared about dropping or scratching the thing.

You should definitely check out the iPhone, PF. Its awesome!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:30 pm
I used to have a mobile phone but i cant be bothered. :|
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:37 pm
Ive been through 5 phones (3 of which were previously owned by Dad or Sister and two of which I have bought myself).

I can safely say that I can definately live without it. I rarely use it and the only real reason why I have it [i:7c80f1637c]is[/i:7c80f1637c] in case of emergencies.

Although the ability to sms is extremely handy which is another reason why i have one.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:27 am
I'm probably too dependent on my mobile, but I do go through periods of time where I am repulsed by the beeping and vibrating irritation that is the mobile phone!! :lol:
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