Wireless-only phone use varies widely by state

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A new study released today by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reveals that Oklahoma is leading the nation’s wireless-only movement, with more than one in four households (26.2%) in that state using only wireless phones in 2007. On the other end of the spectrum, only 5.1% of households in Vermont were wireless-only in 2007.

The new report, “Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-December 2007,” is the latest release on wireless substitution from NCHS, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report shows the percentage of adults who use only wireless phones is also highest in Oklahoma (25.1%) and lowest in Delaware (4.0%).

NCHS tracks wireless-only phone use to assess potential implications for data collection from health surveys and other research conducted using random-digit-dialing methods on landline phones.

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