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Number of mobile phones per household in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2020

40 percent of households in the United Kingdom (UK) have two mobile phones, according to figures from Ofcom. Just four percent of households are without a mobile phone, while one in five have a single mobile phone in the house.

Mobile in the United Kingdom

In 2017, there were 79.17 million mobile subscriptions in the UK, across the entire population of 66.04 million inhabitants. Most mobile phone users are smartphone users, with the penetration rate of smartphones expected to reach 77.21 percent by 2020. Apple has been the most popular mobile device vendor since 2010, with a share above 50 percent as of 2018.

Mobile use across the United Kingdom

   Most smartphone owners in the UK spend the majority of their smartphone activity time using search engines or checking their Emails on a weekly basis. Approximately half of all smartphone users visited social networks on a weekly basis. UK smartphone users used messaging apps more than any other app category in 2017.   

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2020 to March 2020

Number of respondents

2,675 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "Data is tested at the 95% confidence level."
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