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The fear of being without a mobile phone

Half of us fear being uncontactable - with women 17% more likely to get stressed

A fifth of mobile phone owners check their emails in bed
Quarter of people even consult their phones during a dinner date
Women are 17% more likely to be anxious away from their phones

More than half the population claims to suffer from 'nomophobia' - the fear of being without a mobile phone, a study suggests.

Women are apparently far more likely to experience the anxiety than men.

Consumers are now so dependent on their gadgets that one fifth of mobile phone owners check their emails in bed and nearly half take their devices to the beach while on holiday.

Some 54 per cent of people say they worry about being 'out of mobile phone contact' - with women 17 per cent more likely to suffer from 'nomophobia' than men, the survey revealed.

It showed 28 per cent of people will also look at their work emails while away from home, with men slightly more eager to check their emails than women.

A quarter of people even consult their phones during a dinner date.

But only 50 per cent of people bother to secure their devices with a password, the study commissioned by web security firm AppRiver found.

'Its pretty clear that were a society totally reliant on our phones not only for personal use but business use too,; said Fred Touchette, senior security analyst at AppRiver.

'What worries me is that, with so much information stored on them - confidential office documents, contact details, emails, photos and bank log-ins - when these devices get lost or stolen and end up in the wrong hands, the information is so easily exploited.'

He advised phone owners to protect their gadgets with a password or encryption.

The study of 1,000 workers was conducted by OnePoll in August.

TECHNOLOGY'S STARRING NEW ROLE IN BREAK-UPS

Young people were now using social media as a decisive means to confirm the end of a relationship
One in three young adults delete all images of their partner on social media sites when their relationships brake down.
Two in three say they flaunt their new unattached status by changing their Facebook profile to 'single' within a month.
Nearly a third think it is acceptable to upload pictures with a new love interest within the first month of the break-up.

Source: Mail Online

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A porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

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To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.