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Study: Landlines Are Being Dumped In Favor Of Cell Phones

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nearly a quarter of all households in the country have abandoned their land lines in favor of cell phones, but that’s not the case in our area.

The latest survey compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, shows a growing number of households are abandoning their landlines and electing to use wireless phones.

But that’s not necessarily the case in New Jersey, where only 13 percent have made the switch. In Pennsylvania and Delaware, it’s not much better with only 17 percent of the households making the switch.

Why so low? Lisa of Society Hill says it all came down to a deal.

“Comcast did the triple-play so it was cheaper to get phone, cable, and internet. I pay for a landline but I don’t have one, which makes no sense.”

Carolyn of Queen Village is a big cell phone user.

“I don’t need a landline. I haven’t used a landline in this apartment and my previous apartment. People have my cell phone number, it’s just easier to give them that.”

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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    I know several people whom gave up their land lines because they were frequently out of order. The phone company has been neglecting the land line infra-structure. My land line was down about every three months, causing me quite a bit of problems. I was forced to get one of these toy cell phones, at three times the monthly charge too.
    During the last year (2004) I had my land line, my phone was down more then the past 64 previous years combined.

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