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Cellphone-Only Households On The Rise

by @ 4:27 pm on December 17, 2008. Filed under Technology

Nearly one-sixth of American households have cut the land line wire:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 18 percent of households in the United States have no traditional telephone and rely on wireless services only, which is up several percentage points from a year earlier, the government said on Wednesday.

In the first half of 2008, 17.5 percent of households were wireless only, up from 13.6 percent a full year earlier, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The statistics have a margin of error of plus or minus 0.9 percentage point, according to the agency, which collected the data as part of project to determine if national health polls were being skewed by the trend.

Service providers such as Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc, Qwest Communications International and others have seen a steep increase in customers cutting the cord on their home phones.

We’ve been a cellphone-only for several years now. After we got rid of long distance on the land line, it became pretty clear that we just had one more unnecessary appliance in the house.

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