The nature of the telecommunications industry is obviously changing, and it’s perhaps best illustrated with a look at these statistics that show the steep decline of the home landline. With a smartphone in your pocket that replaces a landline’s capabilities and then some, it’s no surprise to see that fewer and fewer people feel the need to hang on to an old-fashioned wire to ferry their communications back and forth.
This chart from the CDC tells the tale:
When you add together the percentage of adults who have no phone service or wireless only service, it tops 40% of people with no landline. The combined percentage of children is even higher: 48%.
Here are the bleak statistics that paint a troubling trend for landlines that come to us via InfoDocket:
- Earlier this year, two out of five American homes reported not having any landline at all.
- One in six homes received all (or nearly all) of their phone calls on a mobile device despite still having a landline.
- Three out of five adults in rented homes had only wireless telephones.
- “Adults living in poverty (54.7%) were more likely than adults living near poverty (47.5%) and higher income adults (35.3%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.”
You can check out the full report (autopsy?) on the state of the landline right here.