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Vancouver residents reject landlines: survey

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

People in B.C. are rejecting landlines. (FOTOLIA)

People in B.C. are rejecting landlines. (FOTOLIA)

Statistics Canada found in a survey released Monday that British Columbians are rejecting landlines in favour of cell phones.

The province has the second-lowest ownership of landlines in the country — just behind Quebec.

And it also had the second-highest proportion of residents that only use mobile phones — more than a quarter of households — with Alberta the only province that was ahead by less than 1%.

The numbers are significantly increased from just five years before. In 2008, only 10.3% of B.C. homes exclusively used mobile devices.

Among cell phone owners in B.C., the survey found 22.8% of residents, or more than 400,000 households, own four or more of the devices.

The survey was conducted with 1,883 B.C. homes in December 2013, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4%.


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