Report: 16% in N.H. use wireless phones exclusively



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As of mid-2010, more than a quarter of all American households had wireless telephones but no landlines, compared to just 16 percent of households in New Hampshire.But even though New Hampshire has the country's fifth-smallest percentage of adults who live in wireless-only households, that number is still growing at a fast clip. In the last several years, the percentage of New Hampshire adults who lived in wireless-only households more than doubled from 7.2 percent in 2007 to 16 percent in mid-2010, the most recent period for which data is available.The statistics were part of a National Health Statistics Report released in April by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Now the percentage of wireless-only adults in New Hampshire has eclipsed the percentage of adults who have only a landline, which, as of June 2010, was 10.6 percent - a difference that is expected to grow in the future, according to the report.A plurality of New Hampshire adults, or 31 percent, report splitting their talking time evenly between a cell phone and landline, while 28 percent reported having a cell phone but using their landline more frequently. An additional 13.4 percent of New Hampshire adults said they had a landline, but communicated primarily through wireless telephones.The results of the report could have implications for telephone surveys, many of which are conducted using random-digit-dial and until recently did not include wireless telephone numbers. The report found that not including wireless numbers could bias results of surveys.Arkansas had the highest percentage of wireless-only households in the nation with 35.2 percent of adults reporting they had a wireless phone but no landline. New Jersey and Rhode Island were tied for the smallest percentages nationally, with just 12.8 percent of adults living in wireless-only households. -- KATHLEEN CALLAHAN/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

 

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