A Quarter of Brits Never Answer their Telephone
Millions of Brits have no idea what their home telephone number is, according to new research.
Sixty per cent of the nation only have a landline because they need it for their broadband connection.
And if the phone does ring, a third of people assume it’s an automated or sales call, and 22 per cent never answer it .
Only one in five knows their landline number, according to a survey of 2,000 UK adults by broadband provider Relish.
Almost four in ten use their home phone once a month or less, with six in 10 admitting they only pay for a landline just to access the internet.
And six in 10 say they wish they could de-clutter their homes by getting rid of their landline completely, a 20 per cent increase from a study conducted in 2014.
Relish have now set up the Landline Exchange Café at Soho Grind in London, where people can bring in their unused landline phones and exchange them for a coffee and a croissant between Wednesday 30th November and Friday 2nd December.
Head of Brand and Consumer Marketing Bridget Lorimer said: “Our results have found that millions of consumers are paying for a service that they just aren’t using, exemplified by the fact they can’t even recall their own number.
“Despite this, they are still being charged for monthly line rental on top of the cost of their broadband by internet service providers.
“It is ridiculous to think that today anyone would be paying for a service they don’t use, and it is clear the British public are desperate to say goodbye to the landline.”
A fifth of respondents reckon their home will be landline-free within two years, if not sooner.
Due to the rise of social media and mobile phones, over half of the nation consider the landline a ‘redundant’ piece of technology, rising to seven in 10 among 18-24 year olds.
Incredibly, of the respondents who had children aged 16 and under, 14 per cent reported that they had children that have no idea what a landline is.
A third of respondents say they use their landline for keeping in touch with grandparents or older relatives.
And almost half say they give out their home number to sales people and companies, to stop them getting their mobile details.
Thirty-six percent of Brits only use their home phone once a month or less often, and one in ten homes has already made the jump to going landline-free.
A fifth of British households have at least one old landline handset sitting unused in the back of a cupboard.