Cell Phone and Landline Spending Practically Equal in 2006

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Data from the Bureau of Labor Statisticsâ'' Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) show that cellular phone expenditures increased rapidly from 2001 through 2006. When coupled with a decrease in spending on residential landline phone services (residential phone services) over the same period, spending on the two types of services were practically equal in 2006.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expenditures for cellular phone services per consumer unit rose from $210 in 2001 to $524 in 2006, an increase of 149 percent. Expenditures for residential phone services per consumer unit fell from $686 in 2001 to $542 in 2006, a decline of 21 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provided no guess as to when landlines will be going the way of the telegraph.

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