But the single biggest outlay for Britons was on television packages, with 17 per cent of consumers spending more than £50 a month, according to research by online price comparison service uSwitch.com. Mobile phone contracts came in second, with the average monthly mobile bill costing £22 in 2012 – or £260 over the whole year.
The report, which surveyed more than 4,000 adults in the UK, also highlighted the increasing popularity of tablets and e-readers among British consumers, with almost one in three (28 per cent) buying a tablet this year, and 18 per cent investing in an e-reader.
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said the amount of money that Britons are splashing out – despite squeezed finances – proves the tech bug is here to stay.
“2012 has seen Brits’ tech dalliance turn into a full-blown love affair,” he said. “If it’s shiny, new, goes faster and is the latest must-have, they will spend whatever it takes to get their hands on it.”