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Mobile-only Australia: living without a fixed line at home

At home with mobiles

Our Mobile-only Australia interactive report looks over the last five years at what kind of technology—mobile, internet or both—Australians are using to communicate at home.

For making calls, Australians keep moving away from their fixed-line phone. An ever-increasing number of adults now use a mobile, and less have a home landline.

But even though we are using more mobile data, the number of us using only a mobile connection for the internet at home has dropped.

Mobile-only Aussies

In the year to June 2019:

  • 51 per cent of Australian adults were mobile-only for voice calls at home (with a mobile but no landline), up from 27 per cent in 2014
  • 16 per cent were mobile-only for internet at home (with mobile broadband or mobile phone), down from 23 per cent in 2014
  • 12 per cent were mobile-only for both voice and internet at home, the same as in 2014

Figure 1: Mobile-only Australians in the 12 months to June (%)

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Base: Australians aged 18+. Total sample sizes for each research subset are provided in tables 2 and 3 in the methodology. Source: Roy Morgan Single Source.

Age and mobile use

More young Australians only use their mobile for voice calls (63 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds and 79 per cent of 25 to 34 year-olds). Fewer older Australians are mobile-only for voice calls at home.

Mobile use for the internet is very different. 18 to 24 year-olds are slightly more likely to be mobile-only for their internet use at home, with smaller differences between the other age groups.

Figure 2: Mobile-only Australians by age (years), in the 12 months to June 2019 (%)

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Base: Total sample, Australians aged 18+ (n=13,814), mobile-only for voice (n=4,829), mobile-only for internet (n=2,378), mobile-only for voice and internet (n=1,510). Source: Roy Morgan Single Source.

Interactive report

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For more information about mobile-only use, including by gender, living arrangements, location and income, view our full interactive report.

Please note: we are working to make our interactive reports better for you to use on your mobile device. At the moment, you may find this report easier to view on a computer.

View information about the methodology used for the report.

Accessing the data

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