Mobile Represents 73% to 80% of U.S. Household Spending on Communications

In most U.S households, and definitely for households with more than the “mean” number of household members (2.5), spending on mobile services virtually certainly outpaces spending on all other services, as well as topping spending on component subscriptions (high speed access, all entertainment video and fixed network voice).

From 2007 to 2014, expenditures for mobile phone services increased from a range of 38.7 percent for one-person consumer units to 70.9 percent for consumer units of five or more persons, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

One-person consumer units have the lowest share of cellular expenditures compared with telephone service expenditures for all household size groups, but the share increased from 49 percent in 2007 to 64.3 percent in 2014.

In contrast, fixed network voice accounted in 2014 for just about 27 percent of household spending. The perhaps-obvious question is how much is spent on high speed Internet access, something hard to glean from Bureau of Labor Statistics data.


In households with five or more people, mobile accounts for about 80 percent of spending on “telecommunications.”



From 2007 to 2014, expenditures for mobile phone services increased from a range of 38.7 percent for one-person consumer units to 70.9 percent for consumer units of five or more persons.

One-person consumer units have the lowest share of cellular expenditures compared with telephone service expenditures for all household size groups, but the share increased from 49 percent in 2007 to 64.3 percent in 2014.
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