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article imageSurvey shows land lines becoming a thing of the past

By Elizabeth Brown     Jul 14, 2014 in Technology
The reliable old telephone land line is quickly becoming a relic. A new survey states that 4 out of 10 American homes have only cell phones.
That’s twice as many land line free homes as the CDC reported only two years ago. As smartphones rise in both popularity and ease of use, it looks as though hard wired land lines are going the way of the boom box tape deck.
There are multiple trends present in the report on mobile versus land line usage. Latinos were the ethnic group with the highest cell phone only usage statistics. 53.1 percent of Latino adults stated that they had only a cell phone line and no land line. Americans living in Midwestern states were more likely to be from a wireless-only household than other regions of the country, with 43.7 percent of homes being land line free. Other factors contributing to the wireless-only trend included gender (with men being slightly more cell phone prone than women) and economic background (those closer to poverty are most likely to have only a cell phone and no land line.)
With more Americans hopping on the wireless train and a flood of new wireless phones, gadgets and apps popping up every day, the trend towards cell phone only homes seems destined to rise. Cell phones are the new home phone, and home phones are becoming a quaint remembrance of a simpler time — even if that simpler time was only two years ago.
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