I read an interesting fact today: 1 in 8 households in the first half of 2007 had forsaken their landline telephones in favor of cell phones. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, which collects telephone information in order to remain in contact with research subjects, there are roughly 28 million adults and 9 million children who live in “wireless only” households. That is, they have no landline telephone, and at least one family member has a working cell phone.
We went wireless only several years ago, and our two youngest children have never lived in a home with a traditional landline telephone (let alone one of those rotary numbers our grandparents had). We did it because we were tired of all of the random and usually incomprehensible charges on our landline bill, combined with inept customer service and unreasonable long distance rates.
What about you? Do you have a landline, or have you gone wireless only? If you don’t have a traditional landline telephone, do you use VOIP, Skype or some other alternative?