Nearly a quarter of U.S. homes only use cellphones

WASHINGTON Wed May 12, 2010 7:40pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of U.S. homes have abandoned land lines and use only a cellphone, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Fifteen percent of households have standard plug-in phones but almost never use them, the National Center for Health Statistics found.

The NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relies heavily on telephone surveys to gather health information about the U.S. public. The figures also have implications for the mobile telephone industry.

Stephen Blumberg and Julian Luke of the NCHS examined data from surveys of 21,375 households that included 40,619 civilian adults and 14,984 children under the age of 18.

"One of every four American homes (24.5 percent) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cellphones, or mobile phones) during the last half of 2009 -- an increase of 1.8 percentage points since the first half of 2009," the report reads.

"In addition, one of every seven American homes (14.9 percent) had a land line yet received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones."

The report, available at, also found that 23 percent of adults, or 52 million people, lived in households with only wireless telephones.

Nearly half of adults aged 25 to 29 lived in households with only cellphones, the study found.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox; editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (4)
URQ196 wrote:
dumped my land line 4 years ago Verizon ported my # and got broadband from comcast and cell phone from tmobile, most pleased, and I am 56, not 29

May 12, 2010 9:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WastingtonDC wrote:
WastingtonDC: Our children laughed at us for paying $26 per month to allow dozens of unwanted commercial callers at dinner, daily, as had occurred even with Do not Call!, due to begging police unions, political criminals et al. After going to cell phones only, and now a free MagicJack computer line, we have one or two delightful wrong numbers each year to remind us of our life of freedom, from the land line, and all it’s horrors.

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socratesfoot wrote:
Phone companies did it to themselves. People asked for restrictions of telemarketing calls and better regulation. Asked for lower prices and no distinction between local and long distance. Even after phone companies went all digital they continued to play games with calling areas.

Cell phone providers delivered and local phone companies didn’t.

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