More landlines dropped for cell phones

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Last updated April 12, 2019

With cell phones becoming more and more powerful and sharper all the time, the demand for them only continues to grow. Cell phones have helped to shape the culture of the entire world, with the small, portable technology having made instant impacts on entertainment, the economy, media and even the family structure.

The National Health Interview Survey, which was carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has revealed that there is a gradual drift toward the dropping of landline phones based in the home. In the three-year period between 2006 and 2009, the amount of people who had home phones but did not have a cell phone fell by as much as 50 percent. While during the same period, those who had new or old cell phones but did not have a landline increased from 25 percent to as much as 30 percent.

There are a number of reasons why someone might wish to drop their home phone line. “Cell phone only, and no unwanted calls,” says Mike Bullard on Facebook. “Plus with a smart-phone you get weather updates and warnings. Why spend the extra money? You’re going to need it for gas.”

One of the powerful of the driving forces behind the trend is convenience, with people finding it difficult to resist a device that is a day planner, personal assistant, web browser, media player and direct link to everyone in their lives all at once.