Price trends for wireless and landline phone services, December 2009–September 2015

October 28, 2015

Do you rely on a landline phone or your cell phone for your telephone service needs? While the use of landline services has decreased over the past decade, the use of wireless phone services has increased. In contrast to usage, consumer prices for these services have moved in opposite directions.

From December 2009 to September 2015, the Consumer Price Index for wireless telephone services decreased 13 percent compared with a 14-percent increase for landline services. Over the same period, the index for all items increased 10 percent.

Consumer price indexes for wireless and landline phone services, not seasonally adjusted, December 2009–September 2015
December 2009= 100
Month All items Wireless telephone services Landline telephone services

Dec 2009

100.0 100.0 100.0

Jan 2010

100.3 99.2 101.0

Feb 2010

100.4 98.3 101.1

Mar 2010

100.8 98.3 101.1

Apr 2010

101.0 98.3 101.4

May 2010

101.0 98.2 101.4

Jun 2010

100.9 98.1 101.4

Jul 2010

101.0 98.2 101.6

Aug 2010

101.1 98.2 101.8

Sep 2010

101.2 98.2 102.0

Oct 2010

101.3 97.8 102.1

Nov 2010

101.3 97.5 102.2

Dec 2010

101.5 96.4 102.2

Jan 2011

102.0 95.2 103.0

Feb 2011

102.5 95.0 103.0

Mar 2011

103.5 94.8 103.1

Apr 2011

104.1 94.9 102.9

May 2011

104.6 94.8 102.9

Jun 2011

104.5 94.8 103.0

Jul 2011

104.6 94.1 103.3

Aug 2011

104.9 94.1 103.4

Sep 2011

105.1 94.1 103.6

Oct 2011

104.8 94.1 103.9

Nov 2011

104.8 94.1 103.9

Dec 2011

104.5 94.2 104.1

Jan 2012

105.0 94.2 104.9

Feb 2012

105.4 94.2 105.0

Mar 2012

106.2 94.2 105.2

Apr 2012

106.5 94.2 105.4

May 2012

106.4 94.3 105.5

Jun 2012

106.3 94.3 105.7

Jul 2012

106.1 93.6 105.6

Aug 2012

106.7 92.9 105.9

Sep 2012

107.2 93.2 105.7

Oct 2012

107.1 93.5 105.8

Nov 2012

106.6 93.4 106.1

Dec 2012

106.3 93.4 106.1

Jan 2013

106.6 93.3 107.1

Feb 2013

107.5 93.0 107.6

Mar 2013

107.8 92.9 107.6

Apr 2013

107.7 92.1 107.4

May 2013

107.9 92.1 107.6

Jun 2013

108.1 92.0 107.5

Jul 2013

108.2 91.8 108.2

Aug 2013

108.3 91.7 108.1

Sep 2013

108.4 91.7 108.8

Oct 2013

108.1 91.7 109.3

Nov 2013

107.9 91.6 109.2

Dec 2013

107.9 91.5 109.4

Jan 2014

108.3 91.4 111.1

Feb 2014

108.7 90.9 110.8

Mar 2014

109.4 90.8 110.8

Apr 2014

109.8 91.0 110.8

May 2014

110.2 90.7 111.1

Jun 2014

110.4 90.6 111.0

Jul 2014

110.3 90.6 111.1

Aug 2014

110.1 90.6 111.1

Sep 2014

110.2 90.5 111.2

Oct 2014

109.9 88.8 111.2

Nov 2014

109.4 88.3 111.0

Dec 2014

108.7 87.8 111.4

Jan 2015

108.2 87.4 112.3

Feb 2015

108.7 87.1 112.7

Mar 2015

109.3 86.4 113.1

Apr 2015

109.6 86.3 113.0

May 2015

110.1 85.7 113.3

Jun 2015

110.5 85.7 113.5

Jul 2015

110.5 86.0 113.6

Aug 2015

110.4 86.7 113.8

Sep 2015

110.2 87.0 113.9

These data are from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — September 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Price trends for wireless and landline phone services, December 2009–September 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/price-trends-for-wireless-and-landline-phone-services-december-2009-september-2015.htm (visited October 19, 2018).

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