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CDC survey: Cell phones hot, landlines not

For the first time, the number of U.S. households that have cell phones but not landline phones has surpassed the number that have landlines but not cell phones, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC attributed the increase in cell phone-only use to the recession, which is causing households to pinch pennies. Sixty percent of households have both landline and cell phones.

2003 2008
Cell phones only: 3% 20%
Landline phones only: 43% 17%

Source: CDC’s National Health Interview Survey

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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