The convenience of our mobile phones has made them an everyday necessity for most people. From messaging to GPS tracking, mobile phones have revolutionised the way we work and communicate in the 21st century. With increased ownership, the power of mobiles in shaping human interaction is set to continue.
The latest stats
In 2018, 95% of households owned a mobile phone, up from 79% 10 years prior
BT (including EE), O2 and Vodafone were the UK’s three top operators in 2018
67% of the entire UK population use social media, of which 87% access social media through a mobile device
Mobile ownership over time
It’s not surprising to find that, in the past few years, mobile ownership has increased among all people, regardless of age. The general trend is that teenagers remain the most avid mobile users within the whole time frame, with mobile ownership decreasing as the age groups become older.
Towards 2018, the youngest three age groups all share the highest ownership at 95%. The greatest increased ownership (17%) comes from the 35–54 age group between 2012 and 2013. While the overwhelming trend is that mobile phone ownership increases, ownership decreased by 8% for the 55–64 age group between 2015 and 2016.
The UK’s most popular mobile vendor
Since the release of the first popular smartphone by Apple in 2007, Apple’s popularity as top choice for UK consumers has consistently grown. It is now the most dominant mobile vendor on the UK market, owning 48.8% of the UK mobile market as of June 2019.
With mobile phones having so many useful applications, Internet usage can be split to show which everyday tasks Brits are performing. A 2019 survey asking which activity they perform using the Internet on their phones shows most people are spending time messaging, but the majority of these people also spend a significant amount of time performing other tasks using the Internet.
Matthew Boyle is a mortgages and home services publisher at Finder. He has a 7-year history of publishing helpful guides to assist consumers in making better decisions. In his spare time, you will find him walking in the Norfolk countryside admiring the local wildlife.
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