A growing number of Australians are opting for the same kind of luxury amenities available in New York and London.
They are paying far more than they should for basic telecommunications services, a survey of about a million Australians found, and some say the costs are so high that they are choosing to use only services they trust.
The survey by research firm iSuppli also found that nearly half of people surveyed said they could not afford a cellphone in the next 12 months, and a third said they were likely to cut back on their mobile use in the same time frame.
Many Australians who pay for cell service have little choice.
Most people don’t have a choice of what kind of cellphone service they use, according to iSupplic.
“Some people are willing to pay extra for what they want, but for many others it is not clear how they will be able to get that service,” iSupplila analyst Peter Williams said.
Australia’s cell-phone industry is booming.
Cell service costs about AU$1.50 per minute per household, according a recent report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
While some Australians are paying as much as $2,000 per month for basic services, the bulk of Australians who get the most service are paying about AU $2.80 per minute.
As the price of basic services rises, consumers are being forced to pay higher prices for the luxury perks offered by the cell-phones, such as unlimited calls and text messaging.
In Sydney, the average price for basic phone services is $0.85 per minute, while in Melbourne the average is $1.60 per minute and in Canberra the average rises to $1,00 per minute for all users.
Some of the most expensive service prices in Sydney include $1 for 1GB of data, $2 for unlimited texting and $4 for unlimited data.
It’s a trend that’s not limited to the big cities.
People in New Zealand, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the US are also paying more for cell-service.
Australian phone users are also finding that more expensive services are available when they need them.
For example, if a family needs to call their friends and family members in the capital, for example, they can dial 447 for a free international call.
This may seem like a luxury, but Australians are using their phones to make calls at a premium rate.
More than half of Australians polled said they pay more than $3,000 a year for a mobile phone, and about half of the population is using a phone for at least 30 minutes a day, iSupplis data shows.
Australians are also using their mobile phones to use social media.
A recent study by the University of Sydney found that Australians who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter spend an average of $15.30 per day on their phones, compared to $5.60 for people who use email and $5 for people that use Twitter.
While the average cost of using a mobile device for mobile messaging is AU$3.90, in some cases people are paying an even higher amount.
And while some Australians use their phones for more than 30 minutes, more than half the population of Australia is using just one device for at most 20 minutes a week.
We are seeing that we’re not getting the bang for our buck.
Our mobile phones are not being used for what we are looking for, but what we want to do, and we want it to be fast and reliable, according the research.
But what about those Australians who are paying for phone service because they can’t afford the luxury amenities offered by a smartphone?
iSupplier Peter Williams says most Australians who don’t pay for phone services are finding other options, such at home or on the go.
He said most people are using them for what is really important: communication.
If they are on the phone at home, the cost is lower, but if they are travelling they are spending more time in front of their phones.
Even if you don’t know where your family or friends are, you can still use a phone.
To learn more about Australia’s growing cell-mobile market, iSeller.com is publishing the results of a survey that surveyed nearly 500 people in Australia.
Read more about the data used in the research, and the research methodology, here.