Cellphones Conquer Land Lines for First Time in 2007

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According to a recent piece in the NYTimes, 2007 will be the first year in which the dollars spent on cellphone subscriptions trump traditional land lines. Among other points, they site that in 2006, households spend an average of $542 on residential lines while only spending $524 on wireless services. Add another year of cellphone growth to those figures, and it's hard to believe that land lines are still king.

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What about your household? In mine, we definitely spend more on our cells than our obligatory, barebones land line. Of course, if you factored in all of our wired services (including internet and television), the phones lose by a small margin. [nyt]

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Let's see... I've been with Vonage (i.e., landline-less) for 41 months now, and in the mean time I've spent.... on average $35/mo. That's with most of my Vonage usage for international calls (to Japan). I've been with A&T for a little over 2 years with teh wife and we've spent $60/mo for our family line (we never go over the 500 minute limit), but that has gone up to $80/mo w the purchase of the iPhone (for numero uno). So yeah, definitely much more spent on cell phones than "fixed" home line.

We could prolly do away with Vonage, too, and move over to cell + skype if only there was a cheap way to send and receive FAXes the 2 times a year that I absolutely need to.