Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Nearly Half of US Homes Use Cellphones Only, Shun Landlines

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Nearly Half of US Homes Use Cellphones Only, Shun Landlines

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NEW YORK - Nearly half of U.S. households only use cellphones, according to new federal statistics that show more and more people are cutting the cord on landlines. Now, only about 8 percent of households have just landlines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today.

More than 47 percent of American homes use only cellphones. About 42 percent have both.

A dozen years ago, a mere 3 percent of U.S. households used only cellphones. Given the trend, officials believe more than half of U.S. homes will be wireless within the next year.

"The tipping point is approaching, said CDC's Stephen Blumberg, the report's lead author.

The preliminary data is based on in-person interviews in more than 21,000 homes during the first six months of this year. …

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