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Survey: Phones used more as alarm clocks than to make calls

Taxi app Hailo's survey suggests texting, Internet surfing and alarm clock apps are more commonly used than calling functions on cellphones.

By Ben Hooper
A survey shows people use their smartphones more as an alarm clock than a phone. UPI/Shutterstock/Skylines
A survey shows people use their smartphones more as an alarm clock than a phone. UPI/Shutterstock/Skylines

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A British survey suggests making calls is the sixth most common use for a cellphone, behind browsing the Internet and using the alarm clock function.

The makers of taxi-summoning app Hailo said their survey of 2,000 Britons indicates making phone calls is the sixth most common use of a cellphone, with first being sending text messages and second being receiving texts.

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Reading personal emails was third on the list, followed by surfing the Internet and using the alarm clock function.

Following making phone calls at No. 6 were sending personal emails, checking the time, using the calculator and checking Facebook.

"The functions on a smartphone have developed and improved drastically over the past decade," said Tom Barr, chief executive officer of Hailo. "With so many ways to keep in touch nowadays, people in the U.K. are using the functions that are convenient for them. As we get less and less time to ourselves, we need more convenience in our lives and less hassle. While calling can be more personal, it doesn't always save you time."

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