Americans Leaving Land Lines Behind

More Americans are cutting the cord to their home phones and going wireless.

Early results from a new "National Health Interview Survey" found more than 22-percent of American homes ,more than one in five, ditched their landlines and used only wireless phones in the first six months of 2009. That's 2.5 percent more than the previous six months.

The survey also found that one in seven American homes that had a landline received all, or almost all, of their calls on wireless phones.


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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 17, 2009 at 02:51 AM
    Your cell phone goes with you where ever you go. Home included. Why pay for two? Do you pay for twice as much gas as you actually get? Do you pay for two newspapers and only take one?
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    I keep mine so the "political" calls will go ther instead of my cell. Chances are if the land line rings its the phone version of junk mail that I can disregard. Nobody has my cell # except people I actually want to talk to.
  • by Kelly Location: Lenoir Co on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    My husband and I gave up our land line phone about three years ago. We haven't missed it. I actually see it eventually becoming history.
  • by SB Location: NC on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    The only reason I had a land line was for my dial-up internet. I ditched both of them about 6 months ago.
  • by Sha Location: Windsor on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    If we had better reception in our home, I would do the same thing. However, we don't! When I tried it before, it did not go that great! I think a cheap land line with no services is good.
  • by donna Location: kdh nc on Dec 16, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    I for one will not give up my land line. During and after Hurricane Isabel, we were without power. Also our cell phones were not working because the cell phone tower was out of commision due to the storm till repaired but I could still make calls because I have a land line that is not a portable phone. (Portables require electricity to work.)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Long distance was always to expensive on land lines. Cell phones are cheap.
  • by enc Location: enc on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    we are clooooose to doing the same thing...but still some old school blood in us....
  • by lm Location: nc on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    We opted out of our land line phone several years ago because we did not see the need in paying for two phone bills.
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