Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ofcom: UK Consumers Paying Less but Getting More

In 2007, people in the UK spent an average of 7 hours and 9 minutes a day using an array of communications services (TV, Internet, mobiles, landlines or radio) -- up by 6 minutes from 2002. However, people paying are less for these services, according to Ofcom's latest annual report into the UK's £51 billion communications industry.

Mobile and Internet use has increased by the greatest amount. Between 2002 and 2007, time spent talking and texting on mobiles doubled, up from 5 minutes to 10 minutes each day. Meanwhile, time spent on PCs and lap-tops has grown fourfold between 2002 and 2007 - from 6 minutes to 24 minutes per person every day.

Despite this growth in use and take up, spending is down. Overall average household spend on communications services was £93.63 a month in 2007, a fall of £1.53 (1.6 per cent) on the average spend in 2006 and a fall of £4.31 (4.4 per cent) since 2004.

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