Are Landlines in Peril?


The numbers are out and it looks like landlines are under siege – at least in some corners of North America.

A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) survey in July revealed that more than 40% of US households are wireless only. That’s a pretty significant jump from a Census Bureau study in September 2013 that had that number at 33%.

The driving force behind the demand is, not surprisingly, younger users. As Jeffrey Sparshott commented in the Wall Street Journal last fall, “The youngest households are abandoning landlines in droves. About two-thirds of households led by people ages 15 to 29 relied only on cellphones in 2011, compared with 28% for the broader population.”

Canada is showing a similar trend. In 2013, more than 20% of households relied exclusively on cellphones compared to 13% in 2010 according to Statistics Canada. But the most interesting part of the data is that a similarly huge percentage of those (60.6% in fact) were households under 35 years of age.

From our perspective, that’s a lot of households that will need uninterrupted indoor cellular coverage. And as we all know, that’s not always a reality. Given the numbers, things are looking very bright indeed when it comes to growing demand for our smart signal boosters.

Have you said goodbye to your landline? How is that working for you?

By the Cel-Fi Team

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