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Canadians ditching land lines for cheaper cellphones

Fifteen per cent of us have abandoned the traditional family phone for wireless service.

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Looks like lower prices are convincing Canadians to snip their landlines and opt for cellphones instead.

The Canadian Press has the story:

MONTREAL -- A new study suggests more Canadians are getting rid of their land-line telephones and replacing them with cellphones because it's cheaper to go wireless.

The Convergence Consulting Group says that by the end of this year, 15 per cent of Canadians -- or about one in seven households -- will have only wireless phone service.

Brahm Eiley of the Toronto-based consulting firm says in 2009 just nine per cent of households had cut the cord and ditched their land line.

Eiley says wireless substitution in Canadian households has increased because both new wireless players like Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile as well as Rogers, Telus and Bell  have all lowered their prices on this front.

By the end of 2014, it's expected that 26 per cent of Canadian households will be wireless only.

The study also says in the United States, 31 per cent -- or almost one in three households -- will be wireless only at the end of 2011.

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