Even more people dropping landline phone service

More than half of households now use only cell phones

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The days of using landline phones to make calls could be numbered.

Many people do not see the point in paying for a landline phone service anymore, with many cancelling the service altogether and relying completely on their cell phones.

A new government study found that 39% of households have both cell phone and landline service, but those numbers are shrinking. In fact, for the first time ever, more than half of homes and apartments in the United States had only cell phones in 2016.

Ray Authier of Ludlow told 22News that his phone company charges less for getting a landline with Internet service.

“They said to us that we could save about $50 a month if we get a landline back, but we basically just use it for calling out during emergencies,” Authier said.

That study also found many people who still have landlines say that they only use them if they happen to misplace their cell phone and need to call it to find it. Others who still have landlines said the only reason they keep them around is because they do not have cell phone service at their home.