More Australians using mobiles at home and kids are starting younger

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New ACMA research shows the trend in people shifting from fixed to mobile communications is continuing. The Mobile-only Australia: living without a fixed line at home interactive report looks at the take-up of mobile devices by Australian adults over the last 6 years.

Data for the 12 months to June 2020 shows 60% of Australians are mobile-only for voice calls at home (with a mobile phone but no landline). This has doubled from 29% in 2015.

However, we are less likely to rely solely on a mobile service for our home internet connection, with only 16% of Australians accessing the internet at home via a mobile network.

The report is part of the ACMA’s research program, which helps us to better understand consumer use of devices to access communication services.

Mobile phone use among Australian children continues to grow

More research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that almost half (46%) of Australian children aged between 6 to 13 years use a mobile phone—up from 41% in 2015.

The Kids and Mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phones interactive report, released today, looks at Australian children’s mobile usage in the 12 months to June 2020 and trends since 2015.

The ACMA’s latest report reveals around one third (33%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 owned a mobile phone. Ownership of a mobile phone is higher for the 12 to 13-year-olds, with just over three quarters (76%) of children in this age group owning the mobile they used.

Around half of girls (48%) and boys (45%) had accessed a mobile phone. Access among boys has risen, up from 38% in 2015. In contrast, usage among girls has remained steady over the 6 year period.

The most common reason for girls to reach for their phones was to take photos or videos, while for boys it was to play games. Children are also using mobiles to access apps, send or receive text messages, call their parents or family and listen to music.

The report measures how children’s use of mobile phones is changing, including how habits compare across different ages, locations and backgrounds.

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