Cord-Cutting Continues; 25% of Homes Now Wireless-Only

by on May 13, 2010 · 5 comments

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released it’s latest report on “Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey.”   For many years, this CDC report has shown a steady rise in “cord-cutting” with a gradual rise in the number of wireless-only homes. But we’ve now reached an important milestone of sorts with fully one-quarter of all U.S. homes now in the wireless-only camp. According to CDC:

One of every four American homes (24.5%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the last half of 2009—an increase of 1.8 percentage points since the first half of 2009. In addition, one of every seven American homes (14.9%) had a landline yet received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones.

Pretty stunning when you think about the fact that just a decade ago few of us even carried phones around in our pockets or purses.  Despite what all the worry-warts and wanna-be regulators in Washington say, this is one hell of a dynamic marketplace.

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