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Recession cited as accelerant for migration from land line to mobile

Cellular phones have become so common that virtually all adults in the U.S. have them. In fact, many children in the U.S. have them even in grade school. In the poor global economy, some consumers are facing a choice between landlines and their cell phones and many of them are choosing the latter.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that for the first time ever the number of households with cell phones only outnumbers those that have traditional landlines. The switch is reportedly accelerated by the recession. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of households had only sell phone since the last half of 2008.

That number represents a growth of almost 3% since data on cellular use started being gathered in 2003. In 2003, 43% of the homes in America had landlines.

Stephen Blumberg, author of the CDC report said, "We do expect that with the recession, we'd see an increase in the prevalence of wireless only households, above what we might have expected had there been no recession."

The report also found that 15% of homes have both a landline and cell phones, but they take no calls on their landlines. The reason for this is phone lines dedicated to internet access via dial-up or DSL and fax machine use. When the number of cellular-only households and the number with cell and landlines who don’t use the landline are combined, a full 35% of households in America are wireless only.

The AP reports that the reason this is significant is for pollsters who have used landlines for years to gather data. With more people moving to mobile phone sonly and current legislation preventing pollsters from using computers  to dial mobile phone numbers.

The age of people in the household contributes to whether the home is wireless only. According to the report, a third of people 18 to 24 live in homes with cell phones only. Four in ten people age 25 to 29 are in cell phone only homes according to the report. The most likely people to live in wireless only homes are the poor, renters, Hispanics, Southerners, Midwesterners, and those living with unrelated adults.



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The reasons I still have a land line...
By mydogfarted on 5/7/2009 12:45:39 PM , Rating: 1
1) 911 without having to register it.
2) Like having an e-mail address for registering for websites, when I need to give out a number I know will get sold to a marketing firm.
3) It basically costs me nothing when bundled with TV and Internet.




By bissimo on 5/7/2009 12:56:29 PM , Rating: 2
At where I live (Dallas) e911 is an integral part of my cell service, does not need to be signed up for, and cannot be deactivated.

I hadn't had a land line for years until recently. I got it bundled for free w/TV and Internet. After getting bombarded with telemarketing calls, I tried to get it disconnected. The provider (Verizon) actually gave me a $30/month discount if I wouldn't disconnect it. I now just have the ringer turned off and use it for long calls.


RE: The reasons I still have a land line...
By Spivonious on 5/7/2009 1:17:59 PM , Rating: 3
1. I thought 911 on a cell was based off of the position of the phone?
2. In PA at least, we have a "do not call" list, which works very well.
3. What happens when the promo deal runs out? I have 500 minute/month Vonage and it only costs me $15+taxes. The most minutes I've ever used in the past two years was about 150.


RE: The reasons I still have a land line...
By bissimo on 5/7/2009 2:16:04 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, I got on the national "do not call" list. It's a joke. Most companies just have their number blocked and won't tell you their company's name when you inquire, so you can't report them. Also, non-profits are exempt. Don't get me wrong, most non-profits do great work, but if I want to donate, I'll do it myself.
I pay $65/month for 200 TV channels w/DVR (no HD), broadband, and unlimited US, Canada and Mexico calling. The $30/month discount expires in six months. When the time comes, I'll just call again and try to get the landline disconnected.
TV and Internet alone would have cost me $90/month.


By FITCamaro on 5/7/2009 5:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't gotten a telemarketing call for the most part in years and I'm on it.

I have no need for a landline. Don't really know how a landline gets you an email address(from OP)....


RE: The reasons I still have a land line...
By bplewis24 on 5/7/2009 2:42:13 PM , Rating: 5
Reason I still have a land line: so when I lose my cell phone around the house I can call it. Best $30/month I ever spent!

/possibly sarcasm

Brandon


RE: The reasons I still have a land line...
By Samus on 5/7/2009 5:51:14 PM , Rating: 3
I have a landline to send and receive faxes. I need it for my DSL anyway, and it only costs me $14/month for 60 calls.


By ThePooBurner on 5/7/2009 9:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's possible to have DSL without a phoneline. AT&T calls it DSL direct. Kind of like how you can have cable, or cable internet, or both. It uses a different frequency than the phone portion does so the 1 is not dependent on the other.


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