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Report: Nearly 90% of Americans Have Cell Phone
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 14, 2013 @ 11:52PM
Created on September 14, 2013 @ 3:42PM

A new report showed many of you don't consider cell phones a luxury item anymore. According to the survey, nearly 90% of people have one these days.

While the cell phone may have once been used by the privileged few, many people now consider owning one an absolute necessity. Phone companies have been meeting this demand by making cheaper and more affordable models.

The government even created a free phone. It's often called the Obama phone. Reports said many people are also getting rid of their landline phones.

Upshur County resident Adam Smith said, "It wasn't used. It was an extra bill each month, and I figured I didn't need the house phone anymore. Fifteen years ago, I never would have thought I'd be a computer or cell phone person."

Others aren't sold on the idea you need a cell phone to make it by.

Kanawha County resident Nick Kirby said, "I think it varies. I have an iPhone and those are definitely pricey. I just think what's bad about today's society is people rely more on talking to someone over text or over e-mail when they're not getting the face-to-face interaction, which I think that is very important."

Older forms of on-the-go communication, like pay phones, have gone down considerably. Over a ten year period, more than two million of them have been shut down.

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