A new report from the European Commission has reported that more European households have mobile phones than have landlines. The report states that 80 percent of households in the EU have a mobile phone, compared to 78 percent who have a landline phone.
However, only 19 percent rely totally on mobiles having abandoned the landline completely.
The bigger the city size, the higher the penetration rate of mobile telephony. This is certainly the case in the New Member States but to a lesser extent in the old EU15. Age is an influencing factor regarding the personal possession of a mobile; the older the respondent the more likely they are not to have a mobile. At the EU 25 level, also more men than women (83% versus 76%) responded that they have a personal mobile phone.
The report also found that the bigger the household size, the lower the average number of mobile phones per person.
In more than half of single-person households (61%) the member of the household has one mobile phone or more. This proportion (i.e. each member has their mobile phone) diminishes considerably in 2-person households (37%) and falls down to 27% in 3-person households and to 24% in the largest ones.
At EU25 level, a vast majority of respondents feels that mobile telephony has improved their lives. One-third of EU25 respondents indicated that they have the security of knowing that they can make calls from anywhere if things go wrong. Another third of those polled indicated they have the possibility to be contacted everywhere at any time.
Two in ten also mentioned the possibility of having the freedom to make calls when they are out and about.
Households without any mobile phone access (20% at the EU25 level) cited most often for a reason that no one in the household wants a mobile telephone, that the fixed telephone line is sufficient for their current needs or that they have no mobile phone access due to the cost of the service.
You can download the full report (130 pages, pdf file) from the EU website.
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