U.S. Household Phone Ownership

U.S. Household Phone Ownership, 2013-2016, percentage of households

Proof Point

U.S. households with wireless phones grew from 87% in 2013 H2 to more than 90% in 2016 H2, with majority foregoing landline subscriptions

U.S. Household Phone Ownership

2013 – 2016 (percentage of households)

Note: Wireless phone ownership refers to possession of at least one mobile phone in the household

Proof Point Findings

  • Definition of Household Phone Ownership – Include one or more than one families living together in single house unit that owns wireless or landline telephone devices
  • Increased Wireless Ownership – Increased from 87% in 2013 to more than 90% in 2016, with majority foregoing ownership of landline subscriptions
  • Decreasing Landline Ownership – Declined from 56% of households in 2013 H2 to 46% in 2016 H2, primarily driven by continuous shift to exclusive wireless subscriptions
  • Key Drivers – Include more cost-effective mobile phone services, availability of low-cost mobile devices, and proliferation of mobile applications





Date Last Updated

May 16, 2017

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