A bit more “trend” news tonight, interesting not because it’s overly surprising but because it confirms what many of us do every day: use our wireless phones. Use them a lot, in fact.
PC Magazine ran this article last week on the increase in cell phones replacing traditional landlines in homes. Here are some of the key facts from a Forrester Research report cited in the article:
•Five percent of U.S. homes have no landline service (I’ve been on that list for years).
•Nearly 1/3 of American households with cell phones make around 1/2 their long-distance calls from home with their cellies.
Besides using their phones to make a lot of calls (read: obvious), the majority of wireless users apparently prefer using the web sites of their service providers instead of visiting brick-and-mortar stores (again, me)…some 80 percent, in fact. According to RCRNews, a wireless news service, this info came from a survey of some 2,000 online consumers as they navigated cell-phone service provider (or related) sites. I know that when it comes to paying bills or looking at plans, phones, accessories, etc., I definitely hit up my carrier’s site long before I even think about visiting a store. When it comes to the latest news on new phones, I’m also a fan of Phone Scoop.