People in the UK can use mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) in public without getting filthy looks, according to a survey by telecoms company Ericsson.
Chatting on mobile phones is such an accepted part of nineties living that 92 per cent of respondents said they would never ask someone to shut up if they making or taking calls in public. Seventy per cent said they would never even be tempted to ask.
Mobile phone users, however, have also become more considerate, claimed the survey. More than half the respondents said they would try to be as quick and quiet as possible when making a call on their mobile phones and 81 per cent said they would switch their phones off when in a restaurant.
Six million mobile phones were sold in the UK last year. Keeping in touch with friends and partners remains the number one priority for buying a mobile phone. ?Mobile phones are now used more regularly than a fax,? Keith Westcott, managing director of Ericsson, told VNU Newswire. He believes, however, that the mobile phone market is along way from being saturated in the UK.
?People replace their mobile phones around every eighteen months to two years right now but it will become more frequent with new data technologies coming out,? he said, such as Internet-linked phones with PDAs attached.
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