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Landlines are set to be used chiefly for broadband connections in the near future, marking a sea change in Britons' communication habits, it has been claimed.

According to Rupert Wood, principal analyst at research firm Analysys, in years to come people will rely on their mobile phones rather than retain a landline for a telephone.

In turn, this will see landlines become principally used for broadband connections, he predicts.

"If you look at the young people who haven't got a landline at the moment, I don't think there's any evidence to suggest that they will never get a landline, that there's somehow a new generation who will not use landlines," Mr Wood explained.

He added: "You've got a lot of households who are readopting fixed lines just for the DSL connection.

"They may do some fixed voice on it - voice over internet protocol in particular - but they might not; they might never use it for voice calling at all."

News of Mr Wood's projections comes after a study from Eurostat found that 13 per cent of Britons use a mobile telephone but have no landline.

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