More U.S. Homes Going Wireless

A new study by Nielsen Mobile says that over 20 million U.S. households rely solely on mobile phones from home landline service. The findings suggest one in five U.S. households could be wireless by the end of this year.

Reducing household spending. Is there any surprise that so many are choosing to go wireless at home considering the current economic climate? Consumers are using every strategy possible to reduce overall household spending. The desire to trim away excess expenses is spurring this trend.

“Landline wireless substitution may be just the start,” says Allison LeBreton, Vice President of client services for Neilsen Mobile.

“As wireless data networks improve and speeds become more and more competitive with broadband, some consumers may cut the Internet chord as well, favoring wireless data cards and other access through carrier networks.”

Who’s going wireless? The Nielsen study revealed more important information to consider:
• The U.S. households most likely to abandon traditional landline phone service tend to fall into a lower income category. 59 percent have household incomes of $40,000 or less.
• Small households, with one or two residents, are more likely to eliminate landline phone service.
• Major life events like moving or changing jobs are directly linked to the decision made by a large number of households to rely only on wireless phone service. It is estimated that 31 percent of those who left landline service moved before doing so. 22 percent made the choice after switching jobs.
• Consumers who chose wireless phone service over landline service tend to use mobile phones 45 percent more per phone, and wind up saving around 33 dollars per phone.

Wireless versus landline phones. Wireless mobile phones aren’t for every household, and some consumers will always return to landline services because they are part of a bundled service they want to receive like satellite television or pay-per-view. And sometimes they will continue with what they know which continues to be the landline.

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