The Times reports today that the percentage of homes with cell phones and no landline now exceeds the percentage of homes that have a landline and no cell phones.
It’s been about four years since I paid a landline phone bill. (And for the previous three years, I only had a landline so my DVR could call for program listings.)
I’d love to know what the landline sign up rate in dorm rooms is these days. With the proliferation of cell phones, I suspect that it won’t be long before it’s not worth the expense of maintaining campus phone networks.
This stat from the University of Virginia provides a little insight:
In the 1997-98 academic year, students spent more than 5 million minutes making long-distance calls. That rate fell to 600,000 minutes [in 2004], bringing in only $30,000.
With free long distance, unlimited nights and weekends on most plans and unlimited in-network calling on many wireless plans, it certainly doesn’t make sense to make long distance calls on a dorm phone.