Cutting the cord on the home phone

Cutting the cordThe 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.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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2 Responses to Cutting the cord on the home phone

  1. validasadmin says:

    Great stats.

    Check out this site for help with your wireless bill.

  2. Jim says:

    FWIW, the only reason we have a land line is for a home security system. Do any of the security companies use cellular technology as an option to land line service?

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