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Over Half US Households Only Use Cellphones

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Aaron Pressman, writing for Fortune:

    It’s official: For the first time, a majority of American homes have only wireless telephones.

    The trend to drop landlines has been growing over the last decade alongside the growth in mobile phone use, according to semi-annual surveys performed by the Centers for Disease Control, which wants to monitor how to contact people for future surveys. But it wasn’t until the end of 2016 that a majority of all households relied solely on mobile phones.

    Since leaving my parent’s home for college, I’ve never had a landline. I doubt I ever will.

  2. Max_123

    Nope. Prestigious

    Kind of weird for the CDC to be the ones conducting these surveys, no?
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  3. ForestOfAllusion

    Old Aesthetic Prestigious

    what are the benefits of having a landline? I haven't had one since 2010.
  4. HelloThisIsDog


    I'm Floridian. One year we had a few hurricanes back to back to back and had no power for like 2 weeks. The 'ol landlane (non chordless) came in handy since they don't require power. But yeah, other than that, not too sure. I'm surprised this number isn't more.
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  5. mattfki5g

    Regular Supporter

    My home is in a rural area and I don't have enough service to maintain calls. Turning on wifi calling was destroying the battery life on my phone. I could probably live with just having texting but in the case of needing to dial 911 or something serious I feel more comfortable with a land line.
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  6. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    I'm honestly surprised the number of landlines is that high. I suppose like some in here have mentioned, there's probably a lot of rural areas that don't get reception.
    I don't think anyone in my family still has a landline, not even my grandparents. I had one for a brief period a year ago, but that was only to bundle with my internet to get the price down, lol (I saved $30 by adding a phone line I never even bothered to hook a phone up to).
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  7. ReginaPhilange

    Trusted Prestigious

    family got rid of landlines years ago.
  8. ReginaPhilange

    Trusted Prestigious

    that's the last number i'll ever have memorized haha. I still remember my landline number from AZ.
  9. DesolateEarth


    I live in Vermont and we still have spotty service at best. Landlines are pretty much still a priority outside of the bigger towns and cities here.
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  10. ARo24


    Landline is the new pay phone.
  11. FrankieThe4th

    things have never been stranger Prestigious

    Surprised a band called Landline hasn't made it yet.
  12. heymattrick

    Pool Boy at the Vampire Mansion

    I technically pay for a home phone now through Xfinity because "the bundle is cheaper" but it's never been hooked up. But otherwise haven't ever had one and my mom got rid of hers easily over 10 years ago
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  13. Raku


    This news, and comments to this topic is shocking to me, but I guess it makes sense. I am the odd one out who always has his cell phone off unless I'm out somewhere, and need to make a call (although, I generally keep my phone off even then...). Unlike peers my age, I'm not always on my phone, and don't have a reason to play with them (I'm 25 years old btw).

    Personally though, I will still be using landlines for as long as they offer them. They're so convenient for reasons people said. Plus it just makes more sense to have more phone numbers, and an answering machine at home to me.

    I guess I'm just old fashioned that way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  14. robargarthan


    wow you are Such a unique millennial !!!
  15. Schooner


    Written on an Internet forum
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  16. RyanPm40

    The Torment of Existence Supporter

    I've been considering landline because I need to be standing against my apartment windows to get a clear cell reception and sometimes the lack of service fails to alert me of a missed call until much later >_>. I'm afraid of missing a call from the pizza guy ;) haha

    Plus, corded phones working in a power outage is pretty nice
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  17. Former Planets


    "Sent from my IPhone"
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  18. Timmiluvs

    I play video games fast Prestigious


    Or "You used to call me on my landline" if you're Raku.
  19. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter

    The other interesting side of things is how many traditional data sources used for planning and governance relied on landline calls. Whether they be transportation surveys used for transportation planning, or other such things that are more important than people know, it's interesting in public service (and I'm sure the private sector) seeing people try and come up with solutions in this modern day and age to find alternative sources or methods, despite the fact we're all generating an outrageous amount of data with our devices.
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  20. Tim Fitzpatrick


    I have a landline I use to call my cell when I lose it somewhere in my home. [/story]
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