U.S. Spending More on Cell Phones Than Landlines

As a follow-up to a report on how cell phone-only households now outnumber landline-only homes, The Associated Press is reporting that 2007 is likely to be the first calendar year in which U.S. households spend more on cell phone services, industry and government officials say.

The most recent government data show that households spent $524, on average, on cell phone bills in 2006, compared with $542 for residential and pay-phone services, according to the report. By now, though, consumers almost certainly spend more on their cell phone bills, several telecom industry analysts and officials said.

“What we’re finding is there’s a huge move of people giving up their land line service altogether and using cell phones exclusively,” said Allyn Hall, consumer research director for market research firm In-Stat, in the article.

Household cell spending to top land lines [AP via CNNMoney.com]