One phone to rule them all
Mobile phones are taking over the functions of an increasing range of consumer electronics devices.
The survey of 1,054 mobile owners, commissioned by comparison website www.rightmobilephone.co.uk, found MP3 players, digital cameras, alarm clocks, calendars and calculators all under threat.
In the survey, 68% of respondents had an MP3 player, but of those, more than half said they made greater use of their phones for personal audio. 42% of respondents did not own a digital camera, with 79% of this group saying they used cameraphones instead. Two out of three said they would prefer a minimum resolution of 5Mpx for a built-in camera.
91% of the people asked said they didn’t own a calculator, with four in five of those saying it was because they used that function on their phone. Previous research found that more than half of mobile owners use their handset as an alarm clock.
The survey also found that 64% of those asked had a landline, but 92% said they were more likely to use their mobile to make calls. One in five respondents said they only had a landline because it came with an entertainment bundle.
Only 13% of respondents said they owned a calendar, but more than two thirds, 67%, said they used their handset to log important dates. One in nine thought they used their phone to go online more than they did a PC or laptop. two in five use their phone regularly to access social media sites such as Facebook.
Finally, one in four people said they regularly used a map application on their mobile, but 81% said they would prefer to use a proper satnav when travelling. 55% of those surveyed said they would prefer to have one device to do everything, rather than separate gadgets for different purposed.
Neil McHugh, co-founder of rightmobilephone.co.uk, said: "It's clear from this study that people are starting to use their phones more in replacement for cameras, calendars, calculators and even their landline.
“It is always interesting to watch how trends persist in technology and I’m sure that as phones develop, other devices will fall in popularity with consumers. The fact that more than half prefer the idea of having one device to do everything says it all.”