Study: More households rely on cell phones

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For the past four years, I have overwhelmingly relied on my cell phone as I have decided against paying for a land line.

It look’s like I’m not alone.

According to the latest Nielsen Convergence Audit, an annual survey of more than 30,000 Americans, more than 20% of American households reported they rely entirely on cell phones — a 5% increase from 2006.

In recent years, cell phone providers have pointed to the increasing amount of cell phone-only households when petitioning city for cell tower installations — an increasingly controversial topic.

Glendale is currently in the midst of crafting a stricter policy for reviewing those applications after a T-Mobile application for a site in a residential area caused controversy last year.

Other stats from the report include:

  • About 15% of U.S. households use smart phones.
  • About 15% of households use prepaid phones instead of signing a contract.
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Written by Melanie Hicken

December 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Posted in glendale

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