76% of us never use payphones

More than three quarters of Irish people never use public payphones and one fifth of households have said given up their land lines, a report revealed today.

An EU survey has revealed the lack of broadband access around the country and the reluctance of families to use new communications technology.

It found computers are used to make phone calls over the internet in one fifth of European homes.

However, the study said it was relatively rare for Irish people to use the web to make calls.

In Lithuania 58% of homes with internet access use a computer to make phone calls while in Ireland it is just 13%, the survey found.

In Ireland most households with an internet connection access the internet through a standard telephone line, 35%.

One fifth of Irish people surveyed are dissatisfied with their internet connection as broadband access has jumped from 7% to 20% between 2006 and 2008.

On phones, the survey found a quarter of homes in the EU only use mobiles. In Ireland 69% of homes have both a landline and a mobile, 20% have a mobile only and 9% have a landline only.

More than three quarters of Irish people, 76%, never use payphones.

This survey was conducted at 27,000 representative households from 27 countries, in November and December 2007.

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