Over three-quarters (76 per cent) of Australians own a smartphone, up from 67 per cent last year, according to the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association's Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index.
Of the 24 per cent who do not own one of these advanced devices, 40 per cent say they plan to get one within the next 12 months.
Smartphones are different to mobile phones because they offer faster 3G or 4G network connections, applications – downloadable tools and games, maps, internet access and email.
Handsets like the iPhone 5, HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 are among the top selling smartphones at the moment.
Almost seven-in-ten (69 per cent) people have used their mobile to send or receive an email at least once in the previous 12 months. This is compared to just 59 per cent last year and 44 per cent in 2010.
The popularity of using a mobile phone to retrieve information, for entertainment, to search the internet, for banking and to make online purchases has also inclined over the last two years.
Posted by Peter Robinson