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Why a guy with 15 mobile phones still has a landline

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:30

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 41% of American homes are mobile phone only. That number is on the rise, but not climbing nearly as fast as it once was. Landline cord cutting seems to be at a plateau.

“For most of the past decade, the rate has been increasing by 4 or 5 percentage points,” explains Stephen Blumberg, lead author of the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “In the past year, that rate of increase has slowed. The increase was only 2.8 percentage points.”

Nobody is predicting a landline renaissance. Weston Henderek, who tracks wireless use for market research firm Current Analysis, thinks cord-cutting will march on, but probably not as fast as it had been going.

“We’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit, if you will,” Henderek says. “A large percentage of the people that wanted to cut the cord already have.”

It’s not just nostalgia that keeps some people hanging on. Many homes need a landline because of poor cell phone reception in their area. Others have home phones bundled with their cable and Internet packages.

Even some mobile phone analysts still have landlines. Alongside some 15 mobile phones in his home, Henderek has a trusty old landline. His home security system requires it.

Rapist jailed for Aberdeen attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:28
A convicted sex attacker is jailed for 11 years after he admitted raping a woman in Aberdeen city centre.

M&S boss: Sales 'not good enough'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:16
Marks and Spencer's sales performance in clothing and homewares is "not good enough", chief executive Marc Bolland tells shareholders.

Rollercoaster Stops Rolling, Traps Riders High In The Air

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:10

The Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a "suspended swinging roller coaster" that speeds customers around the track at up to 55 mph. A tree blocked its path Monday.

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VIDEO: McCanns: 'Children not immune to media'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:06
Kate and Gerry McCann gave evidence at a libel hearing in Lisbon where they described how their nine-year-old son had asked why his parents were accused of hiding Madeleine

U.N. Urges U.S. To Treat Migrants As Refugees

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:59

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are subject to persecution and should not be forced to return home.

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Reservoir death boy, 14, named

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:47
A 14-year-old boy who died in a swimming accident at a reservoir near Edinburgh is named as Bocharie Sonnah.

'Lax labour checks' risk to workers

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:46
Low-skilled workers from the UK and abroad are at risk of exploitation because labour regulations are being flouted or not properly enforced, a report warns.

Fifa partner CEO arrested over scam

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:37
Brazilian police arrest the chief executive of a Fifa partner company as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of World Cup tickets.

VIDEO: Artificial snow in hotter Australia

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:26
Australia is sometimes the petri dish of climate change - a place where global warming is not just a theoretical concept but a tangible reality.

'Gay cake' row could end up in court

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:14
A Northern Ireland bakery that refused a customer's request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face legal action.

Ukraine And Militants Continue A Standoff In Donetsk

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:07

Coming off of two victories this weekend, Ukraine is calling for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms in Donetsk.

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VIDEO: Japan typhoon winds 'up to 240 kmph'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:54
Typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan's Okinawa island chain, packing strong winds and torrential rain.

Australia court given migrant pledge

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:52
Australia says it will not return a group of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without giving 72 hours' notice, at an emergency high court hearing.

Kincora 'should be part of UK probe'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:52
Kincora Boys' Home should be included in a UK-wide inquiry into child sex abuse allegations, the director of Amnesty International in Northern Ireland has said.

Experts hack smart LED light bulbs

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:52
A security firm has demonstrated how it can hack into smart network-enabled light bulbs, and turn them on and off.

Fears remain in freed Sloviansk

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:39
Fears linger in Ukrainian city after rebels flee

VIDEO: 'How I came up with Scotland uniform'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:38
The designer of the uniform to be worn by Scottish athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Jilli Blackwood, has been defending her designs.

60mph motorway limit plan shelved

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:32
Plans to impose a 60mph speed limit on parts of the M3 and M1 motorways to cut air pollution have been shelved.
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