Dubs all talk as survey reveals gifted gabbers

ANYONE who has spent time in the capital will testify to it but now the facts prove it — Dubliners are all talk.

A new survey reveals that Dubs leave all other counties tongue-tied when it comes to yapping on the telephone.

It is the third year in a row that the annual Eircom Chatterbox survey of home phone usage has found Dubs to be the nation’s biggest blabbermouths on the blower.

Competition is brewing, however, as Cork has babbled its way into the talkative top five this year, knocking Wicklow into a quieter slot.

Waterford residents, however, cut down their average talk time a little this year and now hold the national record for brevity.

“We do know that right across the country there is a very small percentage of people who speak for longer than an hour. People are making more phone calls but keeping them shorter,” said Eircom press officer Sylda Langford.

All those extra phone calls add up to a jaw-straining 81 calls per Eircom customer in every month.

Britain remains the No1 most called international destination from every county, followed by the US, Australia, Spain and France.

Not surprisingly given recent immigration trends, Poland makes the top 10, coming in ninth ahead of Belgium.

“More than 50% of our customers make regular calls to international destinations and 40% make regular calls to the UK,” said Eircom marketing director Debbie Byrne.

The survey was carried out over 12 months from May 2006 to May 2007.

It did not include calls to premium-rate numbers.

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