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Many households are finding their landline phone service increasingly unnecessary, a new survey has found.

According to ISPreview.co.uk, 67.2 per cent would choose to get rid of their landline if the service was not still required by their home broadband provider.

A further 13.3 per cent of respondents said they would consider disposing of their landline for this reason, while 8.4 per cent revealed they had already done so.

Just 14.5 per cent of those polled said they make most of their phone (voice) calls on their landline phone, with 76.8 per cent largely relying on their mobile instead.

In addition, 8.5 per cent said they carry out most of their calls via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platforms, such as Skype.

"Unfortunately getting rid of the old fixed phone service has been difficult because some organisations still won’t accept non-landline numbers and such services are often unavoidably bundled by default with broadband," ISPreview.co.uk commented.

The website pointed out that the findings are notably different from five years ago when just 62.3 per cent said they mainly used mobiles for voice calls, 29.8 per cent largely relied on landline phones, and only 6.6 per cent chose VoIP.

ISPreview.co.uk said this clearly indicates that mobile has grown in popularity, while the desire for landline phones is continuing to decline.

This comes after a separate survey by the website revealed 75.1 per cent of consumers would favour standalone broadband over a bundle including other services, such as TV and a landline telephone.

While 28.1 per cent said a landline phone would be good to have in a home broadband package and 18.8 per cent favoured a TV element to a bundle, they were outnumbered by the 40.3 per cent who said they did not want any other services included with their broadband.

Source: ISPreview.co.uk

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