December 18, 2008

Households Moving From Landlines To Mobile Phones

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of households in the U.S. that rely only on wireless services is up to nearly 18 percent, up several points from last year.

During the first half of 2008, households using only wireless services rose 13.6 percent from last years mark.

The agency collected the data as part of a project to see if nationwide health polls were being skewed by mobile phone only households.

Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc, Qwest Communications, and others have seen a dramatic increase in customers moving away from home phones.

Qwest believes the trend was intensified by the weak economy as people began disconnecting landline phones to save money.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the polls had been skewed.  Previous pollsters had only called landlines for information.  They are now working towards adding wireless customers to their surveys.

Wireless-only households are more likely to house binge drinkers and smokers, enforcing the belief that previous polls had been skewed.

According to the agency, the number of households having no phone also rose from 1.9 percent in 2007 to 2.5 percent.


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