Belfast Telegraph

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.

Belfast Telegraph