Apr 25, 2024 - News

More than 3 million Illinois adults still have a landline

Illustration of a rotary phone with a knot in the wire.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

One-third of Illinois residents still have a landline phone.

The big picture: A new study from the research firm Chamber of Commerce shows which states have been slowest to ditch their landlines to go all mobile.

By the numbers: More than 3 million people in Illinois still have landlines, which is the same number of people nationwide who have no phone at all.

  • 70% of American adults rely solely on their cellphone.
  • 40% of adults were landline-only in 2002; that number is now down to 1%.
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