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Ofcom considers future of phone numbers as landline use declines

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Ofcom considers future of phone numbers as landline use declines

Ofcom is considering how it allocates phone numbers in the future after a study found the number of calls made on a landline has fallen dramatically over the past few years.

In 2012, the UK made 103 billion minutes of calls but in 2017 this had fallen by around half to 54 million. The number of voice minutes rose modestly from 131.1 billion to 148.6 billion during the same period, while the average monthly data consumption increased from 0.2GB to 1.9GB.

The regulator said that it is evident that younger people prefer to communicate using instant messaging applications and social media, whereas older people value conversation.

It says that as more and more communication becomes web-based and even voice calls are carried over the Internet, it may be time to retire geographical phone codes.

These codes came into effect in the 1950s are were originally formed ...

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