Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who is poor, does tend to the fixed network.

It sounds paradoxical, but is detectable: in particular low-income households with affordable waive fixed line and rely solely on the mobile phone. Approximately nine percent of all German households have no regular phone line anymore.


Berlin - In almost every tenth household replaces the traditional fixed-mobile. Around four million households in Germany were only the beginning of 2008 with mobile phones equipped with additional fixed lines in place. That, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Thursday, relying on results of current income and consumption sample. In more than nine percent of all German households there is no traditional phone line, 2003, the proportion of households with mobile phones and no landline phone even at four per cent.

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The fact that it is primarily low-income households are the mobile phone before the fixed preference affects irritating at first sight: Mobile telephony is still significantly more expensive than the classical variant.

To explain the figures anyway. The cost argument is valid only if the phone also uses to make a call. In principle, can be a prepaid mobile telephone on the purchase price of the card to reduce - if you can just call. A monthly fee is for prepaid mobile is also irrelevant. Payment is only, which is also used.

This is the advantage that mobile phones offer, if you change the place of residence more often than usual: The re-registration of the trouble is fixed line. Similarly, the typical cell phone-only household then from there are especially very young households whose members are clearly moving more often than older and to low income people.

In more than every third household (35 percent) of under 25-year-olds, there was only the beginning of 2008 mobile phones and no fixed phone line anymore. The percentage of exclusive mobile user households increased with increasing age of main income recipients and recipients from the inside. In the 25 - to 34-year-olds, there were still 19 percent of households in the 55 - to 64-year-olds only six percent and the 70-year-olds about two out of 100 households.

The cell phone rings, even if you can not pay more

The highest proportions of households with mobile phones and no fixed for low-wage earners: while the proportion of households with a net income to 900 euros for 23 percent, was he in the income groups from 2600 euro only three percent. This structure blogs, according to Federal Statistical Office, even to the possible employment of the residents will geblickt: 21 percent of unemployed households, eleven percent of workers and six percent of households of the self-employed households had only cell phones and no fixed phone line anymore.

And this is not an expression of failed preferences, but a form of defense against the costs: poor shifting the cost of telephony to the people who call them. And they prefer price models, where it costs an absolute control down to Einzelgespräch have. The mobile phone is also certain that it is still achievable, even if it costs for the next prepaid card can no longer bear.

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