Documenting the death of landlines

Landline abandonment is spreading from the consumer realm to businesses, with more people opting for a cell phone-only approach.

Most people are moving away from dedicated phones to save $30 or more per month, says Business New Haven. When a person moves, the bills get reviewed for savings and the stand-alone landline is hard to justify. Today's college "millennials" are actively spurning landlines, having spent their teen-and-older lives with a unique phone number on a cell phone.

Dying landlines are having an unexpected impact upon polling companies. Only landlines are called for political, marketing, and statistical surveys; wireless phone numbers are not in the mix. Researchers are worried that the loss of landlines among young adults and other demographics may skew the results of polls.

Cell phones also provide an easy function that landline phones don't have  - an on/off button. If I don't want to hear you now, I can simply turn the phone off.

For more:
- Business New Haven reports on no phone at home. Article

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