CDC Says Landlines Have Lost in Mobile Revolution

There’s a growing phenomenon in America today. When asked for their home number, countless Americans simply can’t remember the digits associated with their landline and provide a cell number instead.

According to the newest data from the CDC, more than half of all Americans either don’t use or even have a landline today. The majority has officially gone mobile.

“Preliminary results from the January–June 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow,” the report reads.

More than one-third of American homes (35.8%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the first half of 2012, the CDC found in its research. That’s an increase of 1.8 percentage points since the second half of 2011.

In addition, nearly one of every six American homes (15.9%) received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones despite also having a landline telephone. This report presents the most up-to-date estimates available from the federal government concerning the size and characteristics of these populations.

Do you still have a landline at home or has mobile displaced this seemingly ancient relic at your place too?