Users disconnecting from land line telephones
POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:15am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Do you still have a landline telephone? Well, many Texans are slowly changing their ways and only going with a cellular phone.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that only a decade ago, 93 percent of households had land lines. Now in 2014, only 58 percent still pay for the service. Adults living in poverty and those with children, were also more likely to only have wireless devices. For a full breakdown you can visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201312.pdf.
So KETK went out and asked East Texans. Out of six people, four of them no longer had a landline. In fact, adults living in Southern states, like Texas, were more likely than the rest of the nation to live in households with wireless-only cell phones. One East Texan said, "It's just easier with cell phones. I have a family of four, and we all just have cell phones".
Americans choose this for a variety of reasons, but others still prefer the comfort of their home phone. Another East Texan said, "Well we've had one for years and years, and also it is a safety backup". Still another said, "We live out in the county, and we don't get great reception with our cell phones all the time". Regardless of the reason why, there is a distinct trend towards slowly eliminating the home phone.