Does selling used phone mean an end to landlines?

27 September 2010 — 4:03 PM

Mobile phones may be seen as a replacement for landlines

People who sell a used mobile phone and upgrade to one of the latest handsets may find they no longer need to pay out for a landline.

New findings by the Pew Research Center suggest this is already the case in the US, where consumers are increasingly moving away from home phones in favour of mobile devices.

Across the North Atlantic, just 74 per cent of people have a landline, compared to 97 per cent in 2001.

And even fewer (62 per cent) say one is absolutely essential to their life, perhaps indicating many can do without a wired communication station.

In their place, the popularity of mobile phones is on the rise, especially with younger people, according to the research.

The trend may already have been replicated in the UK, where selling a mobile and buying an iPhone or HTC may be seen as negating the need for a landline.

Alternatively, splashing out on one of Nokia's upcoming releases - the N8, E7, C6 and C7 - may be an attractive option.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "If you don't see a landline as vital, you could use the money you save by not having to pay for line-rental to get a great mobile phone. You could even trade your old-phone in for cash and go for something really special."

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