New Doesn’t Mean Better
According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (yes, CDC has been tracking phone ownership in the U.S. since 2004) landline phones are rapidly losing ground against mobile phones. The following table shows the dramatic shift that’s taken place in just the last 12 years.
The numbers for younger Americans were even higher. “More than 70 percent of all adults aged 25 to 34 and of adults renting their homes were living in wireless-only households,” according to National Center for Health Statistics.
Public pay phones have fared no better. Since reaching a peak of 2.6 million in the mid 1990s, public pay phones now number fewer than 500,000 in the entire United States, according to the American Public Communications Council.