Among the many prophecies that techies take for granted, none seem more certain than the death of the home phone. Just look at that sorry thing, if you even still have one: Your landline remains fixed in a single spot; it can't text, take pictures, access the Web, or play games; and it's plagued by telemarketers and robocalls. Since most people find it impossible to navigate modern life without a cell phone—and because it's expensive and somewhat redundant to have both a landline and a cell plan—it's no surprise that people are ditching their home phones in droves. In 2003, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, fewer than 5 percent of American adults got by with only a cell phone. By 2009, that number was nearly 23 percent—and the agency found that the rate at which people are abandoning landlines is increasing. More...
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