Forget the “post-PC era“: We’re very close to hitting the post-landline era. The Center for Disease Control has released some preliminary results from its National Health Interview Survey for 2012 and has found that 35.8% of American households no longer have any sort of landline telephone in their houses and rely exclusively upon wireless. What’s more, just under 16% of American households said they “received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones despite also having a landline telephone,” meaning that more than half of all American households either have no landline service at all or have a landline service but rely almost exclusively on wireless. This trend is only likely to accelerate as well, since more than 40% of Americans ages 18 and younger have ditched landline service all together, significantly higher than the 34% of all American adults who have done the same.
Today, prepaid cellular provider MetroPCS launched a new add-on to its cellular plans titled Mas Mexico. Mas Mexico provides “unlimited voice and text messaging plan to connect MetroPCS customers with friends and family in Mexico for $5 per month—taxes and regulatory fees included.” The new calling feature applies to landlines only, but users can text message all the mobile devices they would like. Hit the bounce for the full press release.
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Google Voice users with friends and relatives living north or the border, rejoice. Not that calls to Canada are overly expensive in the first place, but the Google Voice team has decided to eat that marginal expense — just as they did when they were GrandCentral — and make calling to Canada free once again. That’s right Google Voice users, the next time you need to call and taunt your Canadian friends when your team is playing the Blue Jays it won’t cost you a dime. Now if only you could initiate those calls from a nifty little app on your iPhone without having to jailbreak…