One-in-Five American Mobile Phone Owners Pay More for Their Phone Service Than Groceries
Nearly half (46%) of USA based mobile phone owners surveyed pay $100 or more per month for their mobile phone service. More than one-in-ten (13%) pay $200 or more per month according to a survey.
For some U.S. adults with mobile phones, the costs of their service plans are higher than many other household expenses. More than one-in-five (21%) of mobile phone owners said they pay more for their mobile phone service plan in a typical month than they do for groceries.
When asked which other typical expenses they spend less on their mobile phone service, U.S. mobile phone owners said the following:
- Basic utilities like water, gas and electric - 33 percent
- Cable TV - 57 percent
- Internet service - 71 percent
"Mobile phones are ingrained in our everyday lives, but their high costs can do damage to a monthly budget," said Jackie Warrick, President and Chief Savings Officer at CouponCabin. "Many mobile phone owners are now revisiting their plans and looking at ways to cut back."
Taking the group approach is a popular option. Nearly six-in-ten (58%) of mobile phone users currently have a family/friend plan with their service provider. U.S. adults ages 35-44 are the most likely to have a family/friend plan as 64 percent report having one, compared to 59 percent of 18-34 year olds, and 59 percent of 45-54 year olds.
Others may stick to communicating the old-fashioned way. In fact, 63 percent of U.S. adults said they currently have a traditional, landline phone. That number was much lower for younger Americans, as only 39 percent of those ages 18-34 said they currently have a landline phone.
This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin from September 4th - 6th, 2012 among 2,310 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.