Demographically, it's no surprise that older age groups are most likely to maintain their land lines even after acquiring cell phones - only 14% of those 65 or older are wireless-only, while roughly a third (31%) of those 45-64 have abandoned landlines to go wireless. In contrast, two-thirds of those 25-29 reported being wireless-only. Hispanics reported the highest level of wireless-only households, at 53.1%. Those households living in the Northeast were the least likely to be wireless-only, with just under a quarter (24.9%) without land lines.
These results fit several of the current memes on the diffusion and adoption of telephone service:
- mobile households are more likely to rely on mobile services, particularly those who change physical addresses.
- lower income households are less likely to maintain multiple services (the interesting note here is that cell services are becoming cheaper than land lines)
- households with multiple wireless users are more likely to go with individual mobile lines than a "family" land line
Sources: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones, Pew FactTank
Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2013, CDC National Center for Health Statistics report