American homes give preference to mobile communications over fixed networks

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There are more and more American households preferring mobile communication technology over fixed lines. In an In-Stat study, about 20 percent of mobile phone users stated that they plan to abandon or are not interested in subscribing to a fixed network service.

The same analysis by In-Stat reveals that mobile calls made from home increased from a quarter of the total call minutes recorded in 2004 to a third in 2005. The increase in the use of wireless implies a proportional decrease in the use of the fixed line.

Long-distance calls were particularly affected, with almost half of the respondents reporting having made fewer such calls, which saw an average decrease of 60 percent, says the consultant in the study «Cutting the Cord: Consumer Wireline Erosion».

Based on the results, In-Stat also reports the existence of some segments with a greater propensity to give up the fixed telephone service, namely the younger strata of the North American population, and those with less financial resources.

The North American trend is identical to that registered among some European countries, where the subscription of fixed telephone services has also been decreasing, replaced by mobile communications.

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