Northern Ireland smartphone ownership soars
Northern Ireland's love affair with the smartphone goes from strength to strength.
More than three-quarters of adults here now possess these small computer phones, up from 63% two years ago, and a staggering 55% hike in ownership from 21% in 2011.
Ofcom's 2017 Communications Market Report shows that 58% of adults cited their smartphone as their preferred way to go online.
That compares to just 42% in the UK as a whole.
With the exception of those aged 55-plus, all age groups said the smartphone was their most important device for internet access; it was cited by 77% of 16-34 year-olds, compared to 25% of over-55s.
The new data reveals that 84% of homes here have a landline, while 94% of adults have a mobile and 76% have a smartphone.