Landline use falling in British Columbia: statistics

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How long will it take for the landline to become obsolete in British Columbia?

Statistics Canada data released this week indicates that within the province, there has been a significant increase in households that exclusively use mobile phone and abstain from owning landlines.

Approximately one in four British Columbians are using mobile phones, a dramatic increase from 10.3 per cent in 2010. In addition, over 400,000 provincial households own at least four mobile phones while 85 per cent of all households own at least one mobile phone.

The Western provinces generally have a higher mobile phone ownership than the rest of the country. Alberta tops the list at 91 per cent while Quebec is last at 76 per cent, below the national average of 83 per cent.

The rise in mobile phone usage is linked with the surge in use among the nation’s youth and the lack of a need to own a separate, fixed landline. Last year, about 60 per cent of households under the age of 35 have a mobile phone – a considerable increase from 39 per cent in 2010.

 

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