A new federal survey shows cell phones are quickly becoming the king of communication. The survey says more and more households are using cell phones over landlines across the country, and the same goes for many here in our community. Cell phones are everywhere, modernizing the way people communicate, and leaving the old style of landline communication behind. So much so, a new federal survey found 18 percent of households don't use landlines, meaning about three in 10 households are essentially only reachable on a mobile phone. Todd Hatley of Wilmington said, “We actually use just cell phones which is very convenient and we really don't need a landline. It's been about three years, just economically it makes more sense to have a cell phone, you always have it with you. I find myself using my cell phone even if I'm close to my landline at home, I'll just pick up my cell phone." Scarlett O’Brien said, "It was for cutting cost and the fact that it was something unnecessary." Many cell phone only users say it's more cost effective to have just one phone bill. An AT&T-BellSouth spokesperson says to overcome the cell phone challenge, they're offering deals to customers to combine services like high speed internet as well as a landline. There are still some dedicated landline users who say they won't give up their connection to the outside world. Jackye Robbins said, "We've had that number for forty years and we just want everybody to keep in touch with us." Rosa Pridgen explained, "When the batteries run out of the cell phone you still have something to keep going with." Many landline users said they'll keep their phones in case of emergency. Power cuts and dead batteries is something they don't want to risk.
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