Australians increasingly foregoing landlines
An increasing number of Australians are foregoing traditional landlines in favour of mobile devices - news that could signal great prospects for those seeking to boost their IT developer career
New data published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed that Australians are 'cutting the cord' - increasingly opting for wireless and mobile devices over fixed landline connections.
In fact, 19 per cent of the population claimed to be mobile-only users at the end of 2012, foregoing landline connections completely, according to the results.
Consumers are increasingly making the shift to mobile for a number of reasons: devices are more affordable, connections - including 4G - are becoming faster and more reliable, data packages are becoming more cost-efficient and advanced technologies mean it is possible to do more with a single device than ever before.
ACMA also profiled the typical mobile-only adopter, suggesting that many are between the ages of 25-34. In fact, this age group accounts for 38 per cent of all users who have chosen to abandon their landline.
The majority also live in a metropolitan area and have an average income below $50,000 a year. Interestingly for prospective developers, mobile-only adopters were one-third more likely to use a smartphone as their primary mobile handset.
Changing consumer habits is an important thing for developers to bear in mind. An increasing reliance on smartphones creates new opportunities and challenges in the IT space - from app development to security concerns surrounding bring-your-own device policies in the workplace.