Survey: More Illinoisans shunning landline phones

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A new survey finds that an increasing number of Illinoisans are abandoning landline telephones in favor of cellphones only — especially if they live near Chicago and St. Louis.

CHICAGO (AP) — A new survey finds that an increasing number of Illinoisans are abandoning landline telephones in favor of cellphones only — especially if they live near Chicago and St. Louis.

The report released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 30 percent of Cook County residents over age 18 live in wireless-only households. The estimate is even higher — 31.5 percent — in Madison and St. Clair counties.

In the rest of Illinois, an estimated 22 percent of adults live in households with only cellphones.

States with the highest percentage of cellphone-only use are Arkansas and Mississippi, where an estimated 35 percent of adults have cellphones only.

Experts say young people and renters and those trying to save money are most likely to shun landlines.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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