Families ring in the changes
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.