The Wireless Age Is on it's Way

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

More than 140 million people now use a cell phone. That's up from just 92,000 two decades ago. But the "home phone" may soon be a thing of the past.

Cell phones seem to be everywhere. Many people are now making them their only phone, dispensing with land lines for good. It's estimated more than seven million people use only cell phones. People say having the cell phone is just cheaper.

"There's a lot of people here lately that have come up to us and inquired about going totally wireless to save money, pretty much on long distance bills," says John Davis, manager of Zap Wireless in Valley Mall.

Many plans give you more than enough minutes to use, and for less than it would cost to maintain a basic land line. There are other benefits as well.

"You get your caller ID, you get the ability to text message between the two phones, you get voice mail," says Davis. "All those features on average are $2-$3 additional. All of those come in your basic flat $50 rate on everything that we have."

Coverage in some areas in the valley, like in the mountains, are spotty. Some wireless companies say they have plans that cover those areas. But, you will still hit dead spots where your phone won't work.

"It's going to depend on terrain. It’s going to depend on the capabilities of the wireless provider. No wireless provider is the same as far as coverage area," says Davis.

Davis says one problem is some people don't want to be found all the time. And when they do reach you, you have to pay for the call with your minutes.


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