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Three In Four U.S. Adults Have Mobile Phones

Nearly three quarters of U.S. adults subscribe to a mobile phone services, more than those who say they subscribe to a landline service.

Nearly three quarters of U.S. adults subscribe to a mobile phone services, more than those who say they subscribe to a landline service, a market research firm said Friday.

About a quarter of mobile phone users consider the device their primary means of communication, and about four in 10 say their cellular phones give them a sense of personal security, Harris Interactive said.

Based on a nationwide survey in August of more than 1,100 U.S. adults, 74 percent had mobile phones, while 58 percent had landlines. One in 10 said they abandoned their wired-phone in favor of using a wireless phone exclusively. Another 5 percent said they were seriously considering a similar move within a year, and 47 percent said they were somewhat considering it.

Currently, about 13 percent of U.S. adults use only a mobile phone, or plan to do so within the next six months, the researcher said.

"Ma Bell could become a name for Trivial Pursuit before you know it," Joe Porus, vice president and chief architect for Harris, said in a statement.

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