This compared to 92% who took their wallets with them, 88% who took their house keys and 77% who made sure their car keys were with them, the survey found.
A total of 1000 Australians were interviewed in January for the survey; 25% were from NSW, 21% from Victoria and the remaining 54% from the rest of the country, with samples being representative of the population density. About 90% of those who responded were mobile users.
Two-thirds found mobile devices more of a help than a hindrance with only 13% considering mobiles annoying. Forty-eight percent claimed their devices delivered freedom while 21% said their smartphones did the opposite.
Other key findings:
- Sixty percent had replaced at least three other items with their device (most commonly their road directory, phone book, home phone or camera);
- Almost half (48%) checked their device at least once every 30 minutes;
- Face-to-face was still the most common way that people interacted every day - but 82% of respondents called their family and friends at least once a week;
- Seventy-one percent said they felt safer in dangerous situations when they had their mobile device;
- Fifty-three percent were worried about over-reliance/addiction to their devices;
- Thirty-three percent said their mobile devices had improved their work/life balance while 24% felt the opposite; and
- Just over 90% of mobile users had taken at least one active step for online security.