40% of US Households Have No Landline Phone as the Mobile Transition Settles

Approximately four in ten US homes have no landline phone a report shows.
From “Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2013” by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201407.pdf.
In the US:

  • Two thirds of 25-29 year olds are wireless only.
  • One in six households with a landline rarely or never use it.

  • Almost 50% of all US children live in a home with no landline phone
  • Landline decrease is slowing down for the first time in six years though wireless only is still growing.
  • About 2.5% of households have no telephone service whatsoever, wired or wireless.

My take:

  • As with most mobile trends, we seem to be seeing a plateau.
  • From own observations – many wired phone connections remain because of cost structure with telecoms despite need.
  • Landline phones offer little in contemporary communication touch points – mobiles’ multi-functions spread across image and video based messaging, group messaging, ephemeral messaging, data/wifi communication, location and context social engagement.
  • Non mobile devices may be eating up some of the landline market as well – VOIP calls via laptops and smart tvs etc.
  • Landlines offer libraries just one touch point.
  • The mobile revolution has been actualized although it has meant a supplement and massive behavioral shifts not a total removal of old communication structures.

-Joe Murphy Librarian

Blumberg SJ, Luke JV. Wireless substitution: Early release of estimates from the National Health Interview  Survey, July–December 2013. National Center for Health Statistics. July 2014.  Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

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