More U.S. Homes Ditching Landlines - InformationWeek
Government // Mobile & Wireless
06:19 PM

More U.S. Homes Ditching Landlines

Many of the respondents say they only have landlines in order to get high-speed Internet access like DSL.

More U.S. households are forgoing traditional landline telephones and going with only cellular service, according to a new survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twenty percent of homes surveyed only had cellular service, compared with 17% of homes that had a landline and no cell phones. By comparison, the first survey, conducted in 2003, found only 3% of households relied solely on mobile phones.

The survey found that about 60% of homes had both, but 24% of those said they take few or no calls on the landlines. Many of the respondents said they only have landlines in order to get high-speed Internet access like DSL. One in 50 homes surveyed did not have a phone at all, the government agency said.

One of the major reasons for reliance on cell phones is cost, the survey found. Many of the cell phone-only crowd did not want to pay for two phone bills and chose the service that has more capabilities and location flexibility. While this isn't a new trend, some expect consumers to ditch landlines at an increased rate because of the uncertain economic climate.

"We do expect that with the recession, we'd see an increase in the prevalence of wireless-only households, above what we might have expected had there been no recession," report author Stephen Blumberg told The Associated Press.

The telecoms are scrambling to adjust to the new communication reality, as landlines were once an extremely lucrative part of their businesses. For example, Verizon lost 3 million landline subscribers since March 2008 but has gained about 20 million wireless subscribers in the same period, although 13 million came from the Alltel acquisition. The company is looking for new ways to target the home phone market and launched a VoIP Hub that can make calls, send text messages, use Web-based widgets, and will soon have access to an application store.

InformationWeek Analytics has published an independent analysis of government IT priorities. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll