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Cellphones Vs. Landlines – 50/50

July 11th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments


Cell Phone by lalunablanca, via flickr

It’s official: more cellphone lines than landlines in the US – Engadget

My wife and I ditched our landline (bite me SBC) about 4 years ago and never looked back. Our parents had taken to automatically calling us on our cellphones instead of trying the house line, and our cell bills were rapidly becoming cheaper than a landline with caller ID and voicemail.

Here’s the statistics: At the end of 2004 there were 181.1 million cellphone subscribers, and 177.9 million landlines into U.S. homes and businesses.

To give you an idea of the growth seen here, 10 years ago there were 25 million cellphone users. Experts expect to pass 200 million by the end of 2005.

There is one line in the full story that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me:

The trend, spurred mainly by young people who have never paid for land-line service, is ingrained throughout all age segments, Golvin said. So ingrained, in fact, that customers in nearly a third of North American households make at least half their long-distance calls at home from their cellphones rather than their more reliable and often cheaper land lines, he said.

My long distance comes straight out of my regular use minutes. I was under the impression most cell carriers had this policy, but I guess there are still some out there sticking to the LD model.

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