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Task 1 (Bar chart) – Number of minutes of telephone calls In the UK

The chart below shows the total number of minutes (in billions) of telephone calls in the UK, divided into three categories, from 1995-2002.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

UK telephone calls, by category, 1995-2002

Sample Answer 1:
The bar chart outlines the duration of local, national & international and mobile phone calls in the UK between 1995 and 2002.

Overall, British citizens talked over the local land-lines the most and mobile phone gained a huge popularity over the time.

Initially, in 1995, British residents talked over 70 million minutes using local-fixed lines and their conversation duration on the national and international fixed-lines was almost half of that. They spoke only 5 million minutes on cell phones. The communication span via local-fixed lines was the highest in 1999 when it accounted for 90 million minutes. At that time, their national and international landline communication amounted 50 million minutes and they talked over 10 million minutes on the cell phones. It is evident that the total number of phone conversation using the local lines increased till 1999 and then kept on declining while a steady growth was evident for national and international fixed line calls. During 2001, British people spoke around 60 million minutes on national and international land-lines while the use of mobile phone was on the hike, around 50 million minutes conversation was made by cell phones.    

Model Answer 2:

The bar chart outlines the duration of phone calls by the UK residents from 1995 to 2002. Generally speaking, most of the UK citizens made local calls during the period and the usage of cell phones rapidly increased.

According to the bar chart, initially in 1995, British talked more than 70 billion minutes on fixed-lines while 37 billion minutes were national and international fixed line calls. Only 3 billion minutes were spent by people to talk over cell phone calls. The use of local fixed-line increased steadily until 1999 when it reached to 90 billion minutes and after that, the number decreased each year and finally reached to 72 billion in 2002.

The national & international-fixed dialling increased each year and reached to 61 billion in 2002 from the initial figure of 38 billion. Finally, the number of cell phone calls expanded significantly each year which shows its increasing popularity. In 1995, the mobile phone calls were only 2 billion minutes and in 2000 it reached to approximately 25 billion minutes. Over the next 2 years, this number increased to 45 billion.

In summary, mobile phone calls gained a significant popularity among the UK callers and as of 2002, the local fixed-line calling was still the highest in the UK. 

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