More Americans Go Wireless

Landline use falls; one-eighth of US households rely on cellphones only
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2007 11:10 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a cellular phone during a rally at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Monday, May 14, 2007. Clinton invited supporters to keep track...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – More and more Americans are bypassing landlines and using only cellphones, a new CDC survey says. The trend encompasses people of all ages and incomes, and it's especially pronounced among the young and the poor. One-eighth (12.8%) of all households use only a cellphone—up from 3.2% in 2003—and the proportion in the 25-to-29 demographic is nearly 30%.

Poor households are more than twice as likely as others to have gone wireless, with 22.4% landline-less. More than a quarter of renters are cell only, compared to 5.8% of homeowners. Among the survey's other revelations: It's getting harder to do surveys. Most pollsters use only landline numbers, and the trend is forcing them to reevaluate their strategies. (Read more telecom industry stories.)