U.S. mobile users unplugging landlines

More than one-quarter of mobile-phone users in the U.S. have effectively stopped using their fixed-line phones for voice calls, according to a survey by research company J.D. Power and Associates.The online survey of more than 20,000 consumers found that 27 percent have replaced their landlines with cell phones for most purposes and that 61 percent of those people have canceled landline service altogether. The remainder have kept their landlines mostly for fax machines, home security services or emergency calls, said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power. The trend was strongest among those aged 18 to 24, where 29 percent have largely shifted to mobile, but some older consumers are following suit. Among those 65 or older, 9 percent have made the change.To read more of this IDG story, see www.networkworld.com/news/2008/100308-us-mobile-users-unplugging.html or www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/151861/us_mobile_users_unplugging_landlines.html.

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