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Landline use is WAY down

Landline use is WAY down
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If you're like a lot of people, you look around a bit confused when you hear your home telephone ringing. If you use your cellphone to make phone calls, video chat with your family, send text messages and access the Internet, your home phone may be collecting dust.

That's increasingly commonplace. Soon, it's likely that the majority of homes in the United will not even have a landline phone that's connected to a phone outlet in the wall. In fact, that's already the case in most of the country.

A new study found that 47% of homes use only a cellphone. About 42% of homes have both a cellphone and a landline phone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just 12 years ago, by comparison, only 3% of homes only had cellphones. Today, only 8% of homes have only a landline phone.

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