Wireless and Wireline Subscribers in the US

Ever wonder if you should cancel your home telephone service?

I believe I am going to eliminate my home phone service. I never answer it. In fact, it is unplugged so the little one can sleep in the afternoons. It never gets plugged back in. If someone wants to talk to me then they call my wireless phone. You probably act the same way. When we get home we want to recuperate from our day and all of the information we receive that day.

Anyway here are some statistics on land line phone subscriptions versus wireless subscriptions. Wireless is definitely where you want to be!

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  • 1981 – Land Lines see huge rate of growth increase.  Second lines begin to become popular for homes.
  • 1995 – Land lines see rate of growth increase again along with internet users.  Homes begin ordering DSL.
  • 2000 – All rates slow by 50%.  Impact of Internet bust is noticed everywhere. Land lines begin their decline.
  • 2001 – Wireless subscriber rate slows again.  Wireless companies begin to offer Family Plans to increase subscribers.
  • 2002 – Wireless growth rate slows by another 40%.
  • 2003 – Internet Reaching Saturation. Growth rate decreases dramatically.
  • 2004 – Wireless carriers begin consolidation and acquiring competitors.
  • 2005 – Mobile phone users surpass Internet users (1 year after China did the same).
  • 2009 – Wireless growth rate quadruples from 2008.
  • 2009 – Nearly one wireless subscriber for every person in United States.
  • 2010 – Data unavailable
  • 2011 – Sprint tries to stop AT&T and T-Mobile acquisition.
  • 2012 + Wireless Carriers eliminate free Mobile to Mobile and rollover minutes from your plan.


  1. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.CEL.SETS?locations=US
  2. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.MLT.MAIN?locations=US
  3. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL?locations=US