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04/17/05

Life Without Land lines;Industry Leaders Say It's Possible

Life without land lines? According to cell phone industry leaders, it could happen in the near future.

Studies show more and more people are cutting the cord, giving up their land lines and relying solely on their cellular phones.

Jessica Murks is one of them.

This weekend, she was checking out the features of the new cell phone she was about to buy.

She's been using a cell phone for the past five years.

Two years ago, she decided to get rid of her land line.

"I had a cell phone already, and I had a land line, so they had the unlimited plan. I decided to get the unlimited plan, and get rid of the land line phone. It had long distance on it, too, so you really don't need a land line," Murks said.

Murks is not alone.

She's one of millions of people deciding to rely solely on a cell phone.

According to recent studies, 18-percent of U.S. phone customers have only a cell phone, and industry leaders say there are plenty of reasons to expect that number to grow.

"Our society is definitely moving in a direction toward a wireless lifestyle," said Jana Latour of Cellular South, "and so the mobility, the convenience factor, the dependable coverage and the flat rate plan, Cellular South has found that these are the trends that are causing people to move toward a wireless lifestyle."

Latour also says technology enabling wireless access to the Internet and security systems has made it even less necessary to have a phone line in the house.

"You can get Internet access through your cable company. There's alternative modes now to where you don't have a home phone line to have Internet access, and now most security companies can hook your security device up to your cell phone," Latour said.

As for Jessica Murks, she says not having a land line saves her about $50 a month, money she says she'd much rather spend on her son.

To keep up with the wireless trend, Mississippi-based Cellular South has recently invested $56 million to add 154 cell sites to its network across Mississippi and parts of Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.

By: Toni Miles

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