Cell phone nuisance
At least 65 % of the Dutch find loud mobile phone conversations and having to listen to other people's mobile telephone conversations annoying.
25 July 2007
ENSCHEDE – At least 65% of the Dutch population find loud mobile phone conversations and having to listen to other people's mobile telephone conversations annoying. These are the two pet peeves of the Dutch regarding the use of mobile phones. These are the findings of a survey entitled: ‘Telecom Monitor 2006’, carried out by Newcom & Consultancy.
Irritation about having to listen unintentionally to other people’s conversations on the mobile has increased compared to 2006. Ring tones are also a cause of irritation for 43% of the Dutch. Thirty-eight percent don’t like it when the phone is picked up while the person answering the phone is simultaneously conducting another call. Ring tones that are far too loud take up the fifth place in the top five of cell phone nuisances (37 percent).
Mobile phone users are generally content with their cell phones. Eighty-six percent are very satisfied with their mobile phones. In 2006 87% were content. Most Dutch are also happy with their telephone providers. In 2007 84% were very satisfied with their subscription compared to 85% in 2006.
Forty-three percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with high subscription costs. Dissatisfaction about poor coverage in 2007 (40%) was cited more often than in 2006 (23%). In total 1,561 people aged between 18 and 65 took part in the survey.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news