Some 24 percent of EU households have canceled their landlines and are only using a mobile phone. The number is higher in the EU states that joined the bloc in 2004 (39%) than in the 15 "old" ones (20%), except for Finland (61%) and Portugal (48%). The survey has also found that 22 percent of EU households use their computers to make phone calls over the Internet, with the tendency towards this trend highest in Latvia (58%), followed by Lithuania (51%), the Czech Republic (50%), Poland (49%) and Bulgaria (46%).
Not only households are ditching their landlines, also companies are making the move. The desk telephone is to be banished for thousands of Tesco staff in a £100 million tie-up with Cable & Wireless under which employees will use mobile phones for all calls. Under the five-year deal, staff in Tesco's 1,500 stores and distribution centers will be given Cable & Wireless SIM cards for mobile phones, allowing both fixed line and mobile calls to be carried through one handset.
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