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Half of Hungarians still use landline phones - NMHH

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Half of Hungarians aged 14 or older still use a landline telephone but two-thirds believe it is perfectly substituted by a mobile phone, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) said on Monday.

Based on its latest representative survey, NMHH said almost 90% of landline subscribers have it because of a tripleplay (broadband internet, television, and landline telephone) package and only one out of eight households subscribes specifically for this service.

About one-third of subscribers never use a fixed-line telephone and 10pc of these households do not even have a landline phone, only a subscription.

On the other hand, 94% of households have a mobile phone and 71% have cable internet connection as well, they added.

NMHH attributed the survival of landline phones to consumer habits and attitudes as well as age-related habit and a combination of age and financial situation. Landline phones are used the most by elderly people who consider themselves well-to-do (69%), and the least by young people in average or poor financial position (29%), but even among middle-aged consumers living in good conditions, this ratio is just 57%.

The survey was conducted between August 11 and September 11, 2020, based on interviews with 3,244 households.

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