Jumat, 27 Juni 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Europeans are increasingly shunning landlines for mobile phones and online calling, according to a European Union survey released Friday.

The poll, carried out in November and December, found that 24 percent of European households have given up fixed landlines for mobile phones, up from 22 percent in a survey two years earlier.

The Czech Republic, Finland and Lithuania had the lowest number of landlines in use across the 27-nation bloc.

The survey -- which questioned 26,730 people -- found that 22 percent are now using their personal computers for phone calls or video chatting via programs such as Skype. That is a rise of 5 percentage points from the last poll.

The survey said the bloc's newer members, most of them in eastern Europe, were leading the trend in a shift to online calling. In Lithuania, 61 percent of the households were using Internet phone services.


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