Fam­i­lies ring in the changes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THE hum­ble home phone is dy­ing. New re­search shows half of all Aus­tralian house­holds are likely to have ditched the land­line phone by the end of the year, and the tech­nol­ogy could be less than two decades away from to­tal ex­tinc­tion.

Ex­perts warn older Aus­tralians may strug­gle to give up their trusty hand­sets, but the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work and bet­ter mo­bile phone net­works could see the de­vices dis­ap­pear ear­lier than ex­pected.

A new sur­vey from Fin­der.com.au showed only 55 per cent of Aus­tralian house­holds had a home phone con­nected, and telco ex­pert Alex Kid­man said many only kept them out of habit or to use in the case of an emer­gency.

“There is a mar­ket for land­line phones but it seems to be older, and be­cause there’s a com­fort and an ex­pec­ta­tion of hav­ing a land­line phone,” Mr Kid­man said. “The num­ber of home phones is go­ing to dwin­dle away to a point where the land­line phone is about as use­ful and rel­e­vant as lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on a wax cylin­der.”

Fig­ures show more than 6.6 mil­lion adults had no fixed phone at home, and the num­ber had dropped from 75 per cent in 2012 to just 64 per cent.

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