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23% Now Live In Cell-Only Household
And other interesting tidbits from Pew
by Karl Bode 10:35AM Thursday Sep 16 2010 Tipped by FFH See Profile
According to a new survey of 2,252 adults from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 82% of consumers use cell phones, and roughly 23% now live in a household that has a cell phone but no landline phone. According to Pew, 35% of the population have a cell phone with applications on it -- though only 68% currently actually use the apps they have installed. In other words, though we're certainly seeing a sharp spike in smartphone and mobile app use, only 24% of U.S. adults are active apps users. 11% of cellphone users aren't even sure if they have applications installed on their phone, says Pew.

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tiger72
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Orly?

"11% of cellphone users aren't even sure if they have applications installed on their phone, says Pew."

So that's why they're called dumbphones

ZING.

aztecnology
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Re: Orly?

My MIL fits this profile...

FutureMon
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I'd drop my landline but if I did, my cable and internet price would go up cause I'm currently on a triple-play package.

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FFH
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List of non-voice uses of cellphones

I found this list in the story:




Taking pictures and texting are the big non-voice uses.

FFH
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Which types of apps are being downloaded?

Here is a list of which types of apps are the favorites:


openbox9
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Re: List of non-voiice uses of cellphones

How can only 29% of users use an app, but 34% play a game? Or any of the other functions higher on the list that "use an app"?
For the purpose of this report, apps are defined as end-user software applications that are designed for a cell phone operating system and which extend the phone’s capabilities by enabling users to perform particular tasks.
So basically, "using an app" only counts if the user downloaded and used an app in addition to using the apps installed by default. Seems shortsighted and misleading.
cahiatt
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Re: List of non-voiice uses of cellphones

said by openbox9:

How can only 29% of users use an app, but 34% play a game? Or any of the other functions higher on the list that "use an app"?
I think it is best described as of the 29% of users that actually do use an app, 34% of that group play games.
openbox9
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Re: List of non-voiice uses of cellphones

That's definitely not how I read that chart. That would be the second chart that TK posted.

ArrayList
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i'm moving towards

in-house pbx with data only cellphones.

maybe an ata for a "home phone"
amungus
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no surprise to me

I've had only a cell since about 2002.

I can see how some "aren't sure" - after all, even some non "smart" phones do actually have "apps" but users may not consider them.
Apps may not be as spiffy, but they certainly exist - games, utilities, etc. can be used on many types of mobile phones.

Also - Would one classify a built in music player program an "app" or is this survey strictly referring to 3rd party applications?
openbox9
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Re: no surprise to me

I believe the survey defines and app as one that wasn't installed by default by the manufacturer/carrier.
For the purpose of this report, apps are defined as end-user software applications that are designed for a cell phone operating system and which extend the phone’s capabilities by enabling users to perform particular tasks.

baineschile
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Geko

You should put a picture of Gordon Geko's cell phone.
Bobcat79
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Costs money to use applications

No way I'm paying extra for a data package.
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mlcarson

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Re: Costs money to use applications

I've been VOIP only for the last 5 years with a prepaid cell phone in the car for emergencies. My cell phone is for phone use only -- no camera, no apps, no texting and generally only gets used to bitch at Comcast if their Internet service goes down.

txrocks
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Re: Costs money to use applications

Exactly the same here... except it's Time Warner and Oncor.

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said by mlcarson:

I've been VOIP only for the last 5 years with a prepaid cell phone in the car for emergencies. My cell phone is for phone use only -- no camera, no apps, no texting and generally only gets used to bitch at Comcast if their Internet service goes down.
I have Comcast phone. My cell phone is in the with a $10.00 a month plan. It only used to make phones calls no texting photos email and no apps. So far in 2 years my phone has been out once do to weather. Cell phone has a 75% chance if I am out side.
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Probably would be higher than 23%

If you could get people that for some reason keep their landlines but never use them to dump them. I find this is an issue with older people like my mother. Only uses a cell still pays over $40 for a land line she NEVER uses. Try to explain she's spending $500 a year on NOTHING, but still can't get her to dump it. I haven't had a home phone in 4 years.
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Re: Probably would be higher than 23%

I have to use a landline due to the fact I have DSL from AT&T. As soon as AT&T offers U-verse in my neighborhood, I'll switch over to U-verse and drop the landline and use cell either from Cricket or Clearwire (whichever offers best service and best price)
chgo_man99

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my mother pays for local only on att landline $30 with taxes

before that she paid a lot more, over $50 just to be able to also use unlimited long distance, but I made her switch to Google Voice and cancel expensive long distance call.

She's got to dial two numbers when she calls somebody in another county or state but it saves money.

When she set up unlimited long distance, it was maybe close to $10 or $14. Then year after year, it has grown to a ridiculous $24 or higher.
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Re: my mother pays for local only on att landline $30 with taxes

Have them call the phone company and minimize the features/extras. I recommend keeping a landline for 911 as it works more reliably than any cellphone or VOIP 911. With a landline, when you dial 911, even if you are unable to speak, 911 responders will show up at your address! They KNOW exactly where you are calling from! With any cellphone, you have to provide your location, and many times, your call has to be transferred to the correct 911 center for your location...VOIP can be as bad or worse, depending on the provider...
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Landline? What's that?

We didn't even hook the phone line up to the house when we built 5 years ago. There is one, buried in the pipe with the electrical service, but I couldn't tell you who the local carrier is. Maybe Frontier, after they bought Verizon's castoffs?

The four of us all have dumbphones through VZW, the only carrier that covers our area, plus a grandfathered Alltel data account. If I need mobile data I use my iPad wifi. Someday I'd love to dump the phone altogether and use Skype or another app over VOIP with my iPad, but I'd need a real ISP to do that.

I have never regretted doing away with the land line, especially during an election cycle!!
chgo_man99

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Re: Landline? What's that?

said by ShellMMG:

Someday I'd love to dump the phone altogether and use Skype or another app over VOIP with my iPad, but I'd need a real ISP to do that.
How do you carry iPad in your small pocket?

landline is old but its RELIABLE, especially in areas with weak coverage or apartments that have no signal. Not everybody has femtocells and their use is somewhat limited (reliance on home broadband, GPS signal through a window.
nocannothave

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The only reason...

I kept my landline was for work. Otherwise I would have dumped it a couple years ago.