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Over 35% of American households have given up on landlines totally

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Over 35% of American households have given up on landlines totally
Over 50% of American households depend on cellular service

Over 50% of American households depend on cellular service

We're not sure why this particular stat comes from the Center for Disease Control in reference to its National Health Interview Survey for 2012, but the CDC has discovered that 35.8% of Americans have given up on landlines and are using cellular connectivity for all of its telephony needs. At the same time, just under 16% of American households received all, or almost all of their telephone calls on a cell phone despite owning a landline as well. Do the simple math, and just over half of American families either have no landline or act like they have no landline.

You can figure that this trend will only continue because 40% of those 18 or younger have replaced the landline with a cellular connection. That figure is 34% for adults. When the youngsters get older, do you think they are going to add a landline? As today's 18 and unders become tomorrow's adults, the percentage of adults relying on cellular will only rise. Years ago, the cost of owning a cell phone and subscribing to a calling plan would have made talk of relying on wireless sound crazy. But in this era when 6 year olds are sporting the Apple iPhone, owning a landline is like holding on to your appendix. Maybe that explains why the CDC was involved in the survey!

source: CDC via BGR

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posted on 22 Dec 2012, 01:36 1

1. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


why people need a phone staying at home when each one of them can have a personal phone that they can bring everywhere

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 04:18 1

2. blingblingthing (Posts: 458; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Not to mention costs are in allot of cases less than a landline.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 06:30 1

3. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I gave up on landlines phones 12 years ago :)

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 11:33 2

4. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


I agree with all comments on here but now I believe it is nice to have a landline. Im 33 and in my twenties I ditched landlines because my cellphone was my lifeline. However, with that said, I believe having a landline is beneficial in a few areas. For example, when filling out applications and entering contests etc. They ask for a telephone number and for such cases I use my landline number. Im very cautious who i give my cell number too as its personal obviously. Also, no matter how good some of these smartphones sound during calls nothing beats taking a call on a landline. In my area the landline calls are way clearer and sound better. Lastly, since my TV cable provider throws it in the package as a promotion doesnt hurt either. :)

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 19:45 1

6. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I personally practice the same thing, except replace landline with VoIP (you can filter telemarketers and solicitors far better than a landline) and I've also replaced cable with Netflix.
So all I pay for is my cell, internet and $1.99 a month to keep my VOIP DID (well, + maybe a buck or two to make a few calls across the pond).

All taken care of for < $80 a month, compared to my old landline, $55 a month. Yeah.. good one, At&t

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 16:45

5. Droid773 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I pay $15/month with Verizon Straight Talk. Said bye to att which i used to pay like $26 with no features and only local calls within 5 miles.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 00:51 1

7. TheMan (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Landlines are overpriced, but their sound quality usually beats most mobile connections (at least here in the States). The only reason (aside from call quality) that would ever have me consider getting a landline again is a power outage. Whether earthquake, another failure of the crappy power grid, or another 9/11-like day (those of us in NYC that day remember what it was like), there are times when Ma Bell is the only choice.

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