More U.S. households own cell phones than landlines. This is the first time cells have outnumbered fixed lines as a household’s unique phone. Like every sociological shift in the last six months, this is credited to the recession. Twenty percent of homes own only cell phones, while 17 percent have landlines and no mobile, according to a survey published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One third of people between the ages of 18 and 24 live in households with no fixed lines. 40 percent of people aged 25-29 do the


30 percent of people living in poverty only have cell phones. 25 percent of cell-only households are Hispanic, and 40 percent of renters and 60 percent of adults living with roommates to whom they’re not related only own cell phones.

The number of cell-only households grew 3 percent between the fist and second halves of last year, the largest increase since the government began gathering the data in 2003.

In that year, only three percent of homes owned only cell phones, and almost half of U.S. homes had only landlines (43 percent).

In 2009, 60 percent of American homes still have both. Two percent of homes have no phones at all.

Landlines are like print and the teams the Yankees like to build, trying to avoid their inevitable obsolescence.

"The end game is consumers are paying two bills for the same service," said John Fletcher, an analyst for the market research firm SNL Kagan, referring to cell and landline phones. "Which are they going to choose? They'll choose the one they can take with them in their car."

And they’ll choose the one that makes the best Lightsaber sounds.

By Mark Alvarez