Finder says the survey of 5,135 Australian home phone owners revealed that 56% of Aussies own a landline phone, but with just 18% regularly using it for phone calls and a further 18% who only have one because it came with their Internet.
And with the survey finding that one in ten (11%) home phone owners admitted to never using their handset, Finder says the number of Aussie homes with a landline connected has already declined.
According to Sabine Leroy, tech analyst at Finder, with mobile plans providing such good value for money, “ditching home phones has become a no-brainer”.
“Much like the telephone book, landline phones are fast becoming relics from another era. Many Gen Z haven’t grown up with home phones, while Millennials are probably the last generation to remember using a landline,” Leroy says.
And Finder says analysis of the Australian Communications and Media Authority's latest annual report revealed that Aussie homes could be landline free as early as 2036.
Finder says the number of Aussie homes with a landline connected has plummeted from 83% in 2011 to just 58% in 2018 - a drop of 25% in just eight years.
Based on this decline, Finder says it expects the number of Aussie homes with a landline to drop to 50% by 2021, with remaining homes following suit over the next 15 years.
And according to Leroy some Aussies are reluctant to part with their home phone because they use it to call friends and relatives overseas.
“There’s a common misconception that making international calls on a mobile is extortionately priced, but this is no longer the case.
“A number of teclos (sic) now offer mobile plans which include unlimited international minutes to selected countries. Aussies can potentially save big bucks by making the switch – there’s no excuse not to call the folks back home now!”