For years, the landline with a telephone at the end was an indispensable feature of the average home or business; now, the landline is in decline as consumers increasingly turn to mobile and internet platform-based telephony.
The telecoms regulator carried out some research that revealed the number of landline minutes used across the UK has dropped by nearly half in the past six years, while the amount of mobile data consumers is using increased by a factor of almost 10.
There are more than one billion landlines in the UK, which are divided amongst more than 600 area codes. During its study, Ofcom asked younger users what they thought about area codes, with the results indicating that most of them were not terribly concerned about their use.
The Guardian looks further into how younger people’s habits can shed light on the use of technology.