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A quarter of under-30s now go cell-only

By Paul McNamara on Mon, 05/14/07 - 12:53pm.

Someday I'll have to explain to my kids the concept of a party line and how it wasn't nearly as much fun as the name would imply (especially after a fellow discovers girls). And, it's looking more and more as though my kids someday will have to explain to their kids that phones used to plug into walls.

According to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of the under-30 crowd already has adopted the all-mobile lifestyle, as in they live without a landline phone. (What a telephone-usage study has to do with disease control and prevention is anybody's guess.)

The Associated Press reports: "Overall, the portion of adults with only cell phones grew by more than 2 percentage points in the latter half of last year to nearly 12 percent, an expansion rate that began in the first part of 2006 and was double earlier rates of growth."As would be expected, willingness to cut the cord diminishes with advancing age, according to the study, although even 2% of the over-65 contingent has gotten hip to the practice.

The business world has also seen an all-wireless trend - witness this project at Ford, for example - although the momentum there has been slower, no doubt because most businesses are run by people who are older than dirt.

That CDC report also noted that 2% of adults have no phone at all, and, while I don't want to make light of the fact that most of them likely cannot afford one, I can't help but envy the peace and quiet they must enjoy. ... Might have something to do with the solicitation call I received during yesterday's dramatic Red Sox finish.

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