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Families Spending More on Cell Phones

September 30, 2012
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American consumers are spending less money on eating out, buying new clothes, going to movies and amusement parks, and cable TV and home Internet.

They are spending more on cell phones. About nine out of ten adults have cell phones, about half of which are smart phones. These phones often have expensive data plans that allow for watching TV programs, emailing, texting, and using Facebook and Twitter.

The owners of “dumb” phones use them for telephone services and sometimes for taking pictures.

More and more families are buying phones for their children. Parents are willing to pay to keep in touch with their kids. And almost everyone enjoys the convenience of GPS and using new apps.

The trend in more spending for cell phones includes families from all ranges of income. The big wireless companies believe consumers will spend even more in the future. They are building networks that offer faster speeds.

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