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Less Than Half Of Aussies Still Have A Home Phone Line

Can you even remember the last time your home phone rang? Many Australians can't -- they've ditched the wall connection entirely, with more than half of us relying only on mobiles to keep us connected.

The rotary telephone, the novelty phone with the curly cord, even the cordless types you can carry around the house -- they're all going the way of iceboxes, outdoor dunnies and typewriters as forgotten relics of the past.

New research shows people with home phone lines are now the clear minority of Australians.

Roy Morgan's latest State Of The Nation media report has found just 48.6 percent of Aussies currently have a home phone line connected where they live, while an overwhelming 96 percent of us own or use a mobile phone.

Gone. Ditched. Out of here. Photo: Getty

Just 18 years ago, the same number -- 96 percent -- had a home phone connection.

Now, almost two decades later, that number has halved, with Australians ditching the cumbersome landline in favour of the more convenient option you can carry in your pocket.

Some 50,000 people responded to the Roy Morgan survey.

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"The almost ubiquitous usage of mobile phones now used by 95.9 percent of Australians, has accelerated the decline in the proportion of Australians that have a home phone connected," the company said.

Illustration of how half of Australians feel about their landline connection. Photo: Getty

While we're switching off the home phone line, nearly 84 percent of us had an internet connection -- whether fixed or mobile -- at home.

But as we're cutting off the phone bill, we're seemingly happy to Netflix and chill.

Elsewhere in the report, it was revealed just how many people had jumped on streaming video services and subscription TV.

Netflix is accessible to almost 12 million Australians, with more than 57 percent of us having access to streaming video on demand (SVOD) services including Stan, Amazon Prime or Youtube Premium.

Photo: Roy Morgan research

In contrast, subscription rates to pay TV services have remained steady at under 30 percent since they were specifically logged from 2014 -- the rate has dropped in recent years, most likelu due to the sudden explosion in interest in Netflix and its ilk.

"Only four years ago less than two percent of Australians had SVOD," Roy Morgan said, remarking on the "incredibly fast take-up" of the technology.

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"The changing way Australians consume their media is starkly illustrated when looking at long-term trends for the technologies Australians use."

Roy Morgan's CEO, Michele Levine, said other rivals were looking to enter the local market, like the Dusney+ service.

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Contact the author jobutler@networkten.com.au