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92% of Brits own a mobile

Wednesday, January 29th 2014 by Dean Reilly
92% of Brits own a mobile

A new report from Ofcom has delivered fresh insights into the popularity of the smartphone and mobile broadband usage.

A new Ofcom report has found almost the entire population now has a mobile phone.

The Consumer Experience Report showed that 92 per cent of people own a handset and 175 billion text messages are sent annually in the UK.

This means that the number of mobile phone owners has increased by over 25 per cent in the past ten years. People are using them more than ever too. Ofcom states that on the 84 million active connections in the country, 125 billion minutes a year are spent chatting.

Smartphone popularity and mobile broadband show no sign of slowing down. More than half of all British adults now own a smartphone, a figure that has increased dramatically in just a few years. Back in 2011, just 27 per cent had a smartphone.

Half of all consumers use their handsets to access the internet and with the introduction of 4G occurring in the past 12 months, mobile data usage has doubled.

Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive, said: "The record in the last decade is good but we are determined to maintain focus on these important areas to ensure that communications markets continue to work in the best interests of consumers."

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