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Smartphones make up 55 percent of all cell phones sold, but represent just 30 percent of all mobile subscriptions. Hold on for a major change!

The world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, Sweden's Ericsson AB released a report Monday that says it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years. Total mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2019!

The rapid growth of mobile phones continues to eat away at the number of Americans who still pay to have a landline in their home. Over half of Americans have given up on landlines. According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012, 51% of US homes don't have or didn't use landlines in the first half of 2012. This is important information to the CDC because so much of its research is done through calls made to landlines.

As would be expected, the survey indicates that young people have never had a landline since they left home. Six in ten of those ages 25-29 have only wireless. Men are more likely than women to do without a landline.

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