Despite the competitive pricing of local mobile data packages, more Hong Kong mobile users are expected to turn towards Wi-Fi usage to stay connected, according to Aruba Networks' global survey on mobility.

The study indicated fewer Hong Kong mobile users (55%) are currently connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi than their peers in the region (68%). But this number may change, as 79% of Hong Kong mobile users are expecting a higher Wi-Fi usage in the coming 12 months, slightly more than the Asia Pacific average of 77%.

The study, which surveyed 5,500 respondents in the region with 150 of them from Hong Kong, aims to identify the characteristics of the next generation mobile Internet users, dubbed #GenMobile. The study indicated Hong Kong's mobile users are very much attached to their devices and addicted to stay online.

81% of Hong Kong mobile users indicated that they would check their smartphone more than once in an hour, which is much higher than the regional average of 13%. With 39% of local respondents claimed to be always online, Hong Kong's users are the third most addicted to stay connected, following Japan (49.5%) and China (42%).

In addition, the survey findings also suggest a new breed of employees relying on mobility is emerging locally. 66% of the Hong Kong respondents indicated they would prefer to have more flexible working hours, than to receive a cash allowance of 5% of their monthly salary at a rigid workplace. The percentage is slightly lower than the regional average of 68% and higher than the Korean employees (55%), but the demand for flexible work hours is higher among Chinese (75%) and South East Asian (77%) employees.

"We've seen flexible working modes and BYOD gaining popularity across demographics for some time, but this report shows that they've now become a way of life for those in the modern workforce," said Beverly Lu, VP, marking Asia Pacific , Aruba Networks.