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

Our Mobile-only Australia interactive report looks at the use of mobile devices by Australians at home over the last 6 years. It includes voice and internet use by those without a fixed line or connection at home.

Use of mobile devices at home grows

The trend of adult Australians shifting from fixed to mobile communications for voice calls continues.

More adult Aussies are using only their mobile for voice calls at home. Over the last 6 years, those using only a mobile phone to make calls has doubled from 29% in the 12 months to June 2015, to 60% in 2020.

However, we are less likely to rely solely on a mobile service for our internet connection. Use of a mobile-only connection for the internet has dropped since 2015 but held steady over the last couple of years at 16%.

In the 12 months to June 2020:

  • 60% of Australian adults were mobile-only for voice calls at home (with a mobile but no landline). This is up from 29% in 2015.
  • 16% were mobile-only for internet at home (with mobile broadband or mobile phone). This is down from 21% in 2015.
  • 12% were mobile-only for both voice and internet at home. This has remained largely unchanged since 2015 (11%).

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

Base: Australians aged 18+. Total sample sizes for each research subset are provided in Table 2 in the Methodology.
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source.

 

Young adults prefer mobile-only

Most Australians aged under 44 were only using their mobile for voice calls at home in the 12 months to June 2020, compared to older Australians aged 75 and over.

In the 12 months to June 2020:

  • 83% of Australians aged 25 to 34 were mobile-only for voice calls at home. This was followed by Australians aged 35 to 44 (76%) and those aged 18–24 (71%).
  • Around one-quarter (28%) of Australians aged 75 and over were mobile-only for voice.
  • 21% of Australians aged 18 to 24 were mobile-only for internet at home. This contrasted with 15% of Australians aged 75 and over.

Figure 2: Mobile-only Australians by age (years), in the 12 months to June 2020 (%) 

Base: Total sample, Australians aged 18+ (n=14,389), mobile only for voice (n=6,395), mobile-only for internet (n=2,103), mobile-only for voice and internet (n=1,423). Source: Roy Morgan Single Source.

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