Smartphone usage in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2023, by socio-economic group

Share of smartphone users in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2023, by socio-economic group

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Release date

January 2024


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2012 to 2023*

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

Those who use a mobile phone

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Do you personally use a mobile phone? Is this a smartphone? A smartphone is a phone on which you can send ad receive emails, use apps, view websites and generally go online. Popular brands include iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. (Single code)"
* September 27 to November 12, 2023 was the date of the most recent survey.
The source define the social classes as:
A - higher managerial, administrative and professional
B - Intermediate managerial, administrative and professional
C1 - Supervisory, clerical and junior managerial, administrative and professional
C2 - Skilled manual workers
D - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers
E - State pensioners, casual and lowest grade workers, unemployed with state benefits only

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