Announcing the Coalition Against Landlines…
The average landline phone household spends $40 a month for that service. That’s $480 a year you can save by going cell-only, something more and more households are doing these days. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17.5 percent American households depended solely on cellphones for their telephone communications during the first half of 2008. And 13.3 percent received all or most of their calls on cellphones, though they had landlines in their homes as well. “The percentage of adults living in wireless-only households has been steadily increasing,” the CDC said in a release explaining its findings. “During the first 6 months of 2008, nearly one out of every six adults lived in wireless-only households. One year before that one out of every eight adults lived in wireless-only households. And 2 years before that, only 1 out of every 15 adults lived in wireless-only households.”
Quite a trend developing here and one certain to quicken, thanks to the deepening recession. “There’s clearly a reason to give up a landline phone if budgets are tight,” CDC scientist Stephen Blumberg told The Associated Press. “Given the current economic environment, I’d not be surprised to see more and more people give up their landline phones for economic reasons.”
$480 buys a lot of Ramen….
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