Recent news from Inside Towers and other sources indicate that there are few fans remaining of the old land line.
As noted by CNBC, government data indicates 4 out of 10 U.S. households today use cell phones, solely. That’s twice the rate as just 5 years ago. The pace of landline dumping seems to be slowing (perhaps there are few remaining)..but the speculation is that if consumers could un-bundle phone from cable, they’d do it in a skinny minute. The report comes out of the Centers for Disease Control notes there may be some people who never let go of the line. Notes one academic: the landline could become telegrams and beepers.
We just hope they didn’t conduct the survey using landlines! And while that might sound silly, there’s plenty of documentation that researchers were slow to notice the shift to cellular. Failing to notice that, in fact, had one camp believing they would win a recent presidential race, only to find their figures were skewed by technology: the old folks they reached by landline loved their candidate.
And no, we’re not being political – just practical. This report notes even those with landlines at home still receive more than one-third of their calls on wireless devices. Bottom line: wireless infrastructure is not going away. (But we can help make it disappear!)