Why cell phone users should buy a cellphone
Cell phone use in the United States has been on a rapid rise over the past few years, with nearly 7.5 million new cell phone subscriptions reported in the first quarter of 2017, up from 6.5 in the same quarter of 2016.
But despite the rising number of customers, the trend is likely to continue, as the average monthly usage for all phones in the country is expected to continue to rise, with the average usage for the iPhone, which has become the most popular smartphone, expected to increase by about 25% this year.
While the increase in cell phone usage will likely continue to increase, some analysts are concerned about the future of cell phone service.
“There’s a very real risk of the number of people who have a cell phone declining over time,” said David T. Karp, president and chief executive of CellularOne, a network consulting firm.
“It’s a bit of a drag, but we’re certainly not looking at it as a death knell.”
“If you’re not getting good reception in the home, the likelihood of getting a better signal in the office, or just having to spend more time indoors, that’s going to take away some of the incentive for people to get a cell, and then the competition for those services will be stronger,” said Mr. Karsp.
“If there’s a market for a cellular phone, and there are a lot of consumers who are willing to pay for it, then you might see a very quick uptick in demand, but if the price starts to come down, then it might not be there.
And it’s not a matter of whether there will be a surge in demand.””
It’s the price that will be the driver,” said Richard J. Doyon, president of Doyons Telecommunications.
“We expect to see prices in the neighborhood of $30 to $35 a month, which is competitive with wireless service.
But it’s still a good deal.”
According to Doyos data, in the past three years, the average price of a cell tower-equipped cell phone has increased by about 50% in the last year alone.
That’s not necessarily a good thing for customers, given that cell towers have become increasingly difficult to install, especially if you live in an area with an existing grid, like New York City, where the average cost of a new cell tower has risen by almost 70% since 2007.
But while the number one reason people are considering getting a new cellphone is to upgrade to a cell-powered device, a new survey conducted by research firm eMarketer shows that the majority of Americans are also buying new devices in order to replace their old phones.
EMarketer’s survey of more than 6,500 U.S. consumers found that 51% of respondents said they would be upgrading to a new phone if they had the chance, up significantly from the 30% who said the same in the 2014 survey.
In addition to the growing demand for new smartphones, the U.K. also has a new generation of wireless devices on the horizon.
According to the company, in 2019, the first year that the British Government is offering a universal service contract, more than 30 million consumers across the country will be able to buy a device through a new service called SIMPL.
The first SIMPL service, launched by British Telecom in 2018, offers customers up to 10GB of data a month for the next two years for a fee of $9.99 per month.
In 2019, that fee will rise to $10.99, and in 2020, it will jump to $12.99.
However, the government has not specified exactly how much data a SIMPL phone will offer in 2019 or 2020.
For those with limited data caps, this service is the most affordable option.
While the data caps are a bit high at the moment, the fees for using SIMPL will be cheaper than what you’d pay in a traditional cell phone plan, which typically comes with unlimited data.