This should come as no surprise - cell phone-only households now number 18%, according to federal figures released today. The report goes on to say that an additional 13% of households have landlines but receive nearly all of their calls on cell phones. Together, these figures indicate that nearly a third of Americans are opting to be reachable primarily by a cell phone.
The 18% figure represents data for the first half of 2008. In the last half of 2007, cell-only households numbered around 16%. Similar reports for early 2005 have this number around 7%.
It would seem that giving up your landline in favor of a cell phone makes good sense during these tough economic times. Personally, my landline monthly bill is the lowest of my utility bills, at around $40. I think I'll hang onto it for just a while longer.
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Source: Discovery Channel