The Australian Communications and Media Authority report showing the trend in decline of landline phones follows a report by comparison website Finder last week which found that several thousand Australians are using mobiles and only have a home phone because it came with their Internet service.
The ACMA report, released on Wednesday, looked over the last five years at what kind of technology - mobile, internet or both - Australians are using to communicate at home, and found that for making calls Australians keep moving away from their fixed-line phone - with an ever-increasing number of adults now using a mobile, and less have a home landline.
But according to the report, even though Australians are using more mobile data, the number using only a mobile connection for the internet at home has dropped.
And, the report also revealed that more young Australians only use their mobile for voice calls (63% of 18–24 year-olds and 79% of 25–34 year-olds) – while fewer older Australians are “mobile-only” for voice calls at home.
Mobile use for the internet is very different, with 18–24 year-olds slightly more likely to be mobile-only for their internet use at home - with smaller differences between the other age groups.
According to the ACMA, overall, more than five million Australian adults have become ‘mobile-only’ for voice services at home since 2014.
That has led to 51% of Australian adults being ‘mobile-only’ for voice at home in the 12 months to June 2019, compared to just 27% in the year to June 2014.