Coronavirus Has People Making More Phone Calls And Sending Fewer Emails

By Graham Brink Tampa Bay Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) During the coronavirus update, AT&T says Voice calls have shot up 33 percent.

Tampa Bay

The coronavirus crisis has radically altered the way customers use the mobile network, according to a report released by AT&T on Tuesday.

A shift to working at home has driven the changes, along with students taking classes online. Stuck inside, people are also using the network for entertainment more than before the crisis

Some of the changes the company reported, compared to three weeks ago:

Voice calls: up 33 percent Instant messaging: up 63 percent Text messaging: up 41 percent Emailing: down 18 percent Web browsing: down 5 percent Video: up 4 percent.

Not surprisingly, the use of conferencing tools are at an all-time high, thanks to so many people working from home:

Global audio-conferencing solutions: up 200 percent

Audio, web and video conferencing tools: up 400 percent

Large-scale webcast events: 200 percent

"Many companies are now more reliant than ever on virtual townhalls and events to communicate what's taking place during this pandemic," the AT&T report concluded. "And schools are using them to create virtual classrooms to educate their students."

Some other interesting facts from the report:

Video accounted for over half of all mobile traffic.

Business, home broadband and wireless usage was up 24% on Monday compared to the same day in February.

Home voice calling minutes were up 45% and wifi calling minutes were up 97% compared to an average Monday. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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