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Northeast homes slow to give up landline phones

Nearly one-half of American homes, some 48.3 percent, had only wireless telephones during the second half of 2015—an increase of 2.9 percentage points since the second half of 2014, according to estimates based on survey data released Monday by the National Center for Health Statistics. But the study shows  even higher rates for certain demographic segments: 60 percent or more of adults aged 25-34, adults living in poverty, Hispanic adults and adults living in rented homes live in wireless-only households. Although wireless use increased in all regions, the percentage of Northeast households using only wireless telephones is significantly less than in other U.S. regions, according to the report.

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