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Quarter Of Minn. Households Are Now Cell Phone Only

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota is in the middle of the pack when it comes to abandoning landline telephones in favor of cell phones.

Estimates released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are that about 24 percent of adults nationally live in wireless-only households. For Minnesota, the estimate is about 25 percent, within the survey’s margin of error. Adults living in the Twin Cities metro area are somewhat more likely to have cut the cord than adults in the rest of Minnesota.

Only about 9 percent of Minnesota adults still live in landline-only households. Homes in Greater Minnesota are more likely to be landline only than those in the metro area.

The CDC researchers say lower-income people are likelier than the better off to have only a cell phone.

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