One of Four U.S. Homes Use Cellphone Only

HYATTSVILLE, Md., May 20 (UPI) — One of every four U.S. homes have only cellphones and no landline telephone, federal health officials said.

In addition, a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using data from the July-December 2009 National Health Interview Survey, found 15 percent of all U.S. homes had a landline phone yet received all or almost all calls on cellphones.

Household telephone status was obtained for 21,375 households of at least one adult and child — 40,619 adults age 18 and older and 14,984 children under age 18.

The report found approximately 22.9 percent of all adults lived in households with only wireless telephones and 25.9 percent of all children lived in households with only wireless telephones. In addition, in the last six months of 2009, more than two of every nine adults lived in wireless-only households.

Approximately 2 percent of U.S. households have no wireless or landline telephone service.

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