Jordan’s mobile habits: Average JD8.2 spent on smartphones monthly

The survey also indicated that households spend an average of JD10.5

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AMMAN — The average monthly spending on smartphones in Jordan is approximately JD8.2, whereas, for regular mobile phones, it stands at JD3.9, according to a 2022 survey on the use and prevalence of communication and information technology in households. Conducted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, this survey aimed to offer insights into the habits of Jordanian households.اضافة اعلان

The survey indicates that households spend an average of JD10.5 per month on mobile phones, covering both smart and regular devices. Additionally, the average monthly expenditure on landline phones is around JD6.2, Al-Ghad reported.

At both urban and rural levels, the results demonstrate a consistent trend in the average monthly spending on smartphones, landline phones, and regular mobile phones. Notably, 99 percent of urban households and 98.6 percent of rural households own a mobile phone, whether it be smart or regular. Regionally, 99 percent of households in the Central region, 99.3 percent in the Northern region, and 97.8 percent in the Southern region possess a mobile phone.

Furthermore, the survey highlights a significant prevalence of smartphone ownership, with 95.1 percent of households having access to one. On the other hand, approximately 13 percent of households own a regular mobile phone. The survey reports that around 2 percent of households still have a landline phone.

Urban areas exhibit higher percentages of smartphone ownership compared to rural areas by about two percentage points. Regarding landline phones, urban households also surpass rural ones by around two percentage points. Interestingly, rural households outpace their urban counterparts by nearly five percentage points in terms of ownership of regular mobile phones.

In a previous statement, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) noted that mobile communication subscriptions had reached 7.63 million by the end of the fourth quarter of the previous year, comprising 5.5 million prepaid and 2.12 million postpaid subscriptions. Meanwhile, the number of fixed-line communication service lines amounted to 481,101 subscriptions, predominantly consisting of household subscriptions.

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship emphasized that the annual survey aims to establish a comprehensive database on the utilization of communication and information technology in Jordanian households. This data plays a crucial role in assisting decision-makers and policymakers in understanding current technology adoption rates and identifying potential barriers.

Additionally, the survey results are shared with the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations in the field of information and communication technology. The data significantly contributes to various international reports and indicators, enabling cross-country comparisons of technology spread and usage.

The 2022 survey covered a sample of 4,140 households, ensuring representation at the national level and in the three regions (North, Central, South), as well as at the urban and rural levels. The sample construction was based on the framework provided by the 2015 General Population and Housing Census results.

The statistics clarify that the sample was designed using a two-stage stratified cluster sampling method to ensure the representativeness of results at the national, urban, and rural levels. Urban areas were considered those with a population of 5,000 or more, according to the 2015 General Population and Housing Census results, while the rest were considered rural. The sample also considered regions (Central, Northern, Southern) and the Kingdom.

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