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More than one-third of U.S. households have completely ditched landlines for wireless

Published Dec 21st, 2012 10:44PM EST
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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.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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