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More than one-third of American homes (35.8%) had only wireless telephones during the first half of 2012, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (pdf) which tracks the statistics. The percentage of households that are wireless-only has been steadily increasing. Approximately 2.1% of households had no telephone service (neither wireless nor landline).

According to the survey:

  • Six in 10 adults aged 25–29 (60.1 percent) lived in households with only wireless telephones. That number drops as household members get older.
  • More than half of all adults renting their home (58.2 percent) had only wireless telephones. This rate is more than twice as large as the rate for adults owning their home at 23.2 percent.
  • Adults living in poverty (51.8 percent) were more likely than adults living near poverty (42.3 percent) and higher income adults (30.7 percent) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.

The reliability and validity of random landline telephone surveying in the United States has been threatened by a growing number of households giving up their landline telephone and embracing a cell phone only, reports a cell phone task force.

Robocallers are banned on cell phones. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibited anyone (including charities, politicians and political parties) from making robocalls to cell phone numbers without the recipients’ prior consent.

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