London, Dec 26 (ANI): Britain is moving closer to becoming a two-mobile nation, where even an average person will be seen carrying two handsets, according to a new survey.
In the poll conducted over 1000 people, the researchers found that most adults have a handset, with only the very young and very old not owning one.
The average mobile phone owner now has an average of 1.8 handsets, and the figure is expected to rise to two mobiles for every person soon.
The rise in ownership is believed to be due to the fact that more people have one mobile for personal calls and another for work as companies give employees Blackberry devices to keep in touch out of hours.
Market research firm Mintel, which commissioned the survey, said that increased ownership was also being driven by the falling costs of using a mobile.
"With the average person now owning 1.8 phones we are fast moving towards a two-phone per person society," the Telegraph quoted Jim Clark, a senior analyst with Mintel, as saying.
"There is no doubt that many people are now so dependent on their mobile phone that they cannot imagine living without one.
"What is more, as purse strings tighten, it seems the one thing that the nation is not prepared to cut back on is the mobile phone," he added. (ANI)