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You haven’t cut the cord yet?

Last week, a college buddy of mine commented on Facebook that he was considering canceling his phone telephone service because it was primarily a vehicle for telemarketers to interrupt his evening.  My initial thought was, “what took you so long” to arrive at this realization.  I came to this conclusion three years ago, when my wife and I decided it was time to get my oldest daughter a cell phone.  The decision was clear when we evaluated the costs vs use and discerned that by dropping our home phone service, we could transfer these funds towards cell phones.    One of the draw backs associated with the election to discontinue local phone service, is the concern associated with having a cell phone number published in things like church directories.  To resolve this issue, I signed up for a Google Voice account, that would serve as our “home” number, but could be routed to any number of family cell phones.  We enjoyed the additional features of voice mail notification like speech-to-text translation that can be sent via text message or email.

Coincidentally, on Jul 7, 2011 Om Malik posted on article on GigaOM entitled “When will the (traditional) telephone hang up?“.  The article challenges the idea of what constitutes a “phone call” and references material from Tom Evslin, a Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee member, that eludes to issues associated with carriers supporting the public switch telephone network (PSTN).  What caught my attention is the reference to data from the National Center for Health Statistics that predicts that by 2018 only 6% of the US population will be using the PSTN.  To put this in context, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) report released in May 2010 identified that one in four US households were “wireless-only”, meaning their primary telephone service was from a cellular phone company.

So whether motivated by the annoyance of telemarketers or the financial burden of paying for too many telephone services, there seems to be momentum in discontinuing the home landline phone service.

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