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Survey Shows More People Using Cell Phones Instead of Land Lines

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It's the battle between the land line, and the cell phone. The portable device has quickly become the hot commodity these days.

"It's portable and I can carry it around and use it at work," said Craig Yahne.

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 20% of households had only cell phones and no land lines in the last half of 2008.

"Having a land line is really impractical, it's pretty much a waste of money now," said Daniel Montgomery.

The tough economy is one reason why the survey says many are switching. But it's not all said and done for land line users. The same survey shows 15% of people still have both. Numbers that ring true for many in the Tri-Cities.

"Costs a little more, but it's worth it, I'm not willing to give up the land line yet," said Kent Madsen.

"Because of the family I use the cell phone almost as much as the land line," said Walter Hogue.

One woman says she doesn't even have a cell phone and it's less stressful that way.

"People will be going more to cell phones because of black berries," said Kaylee Larson.

While some are thinking practical, others say they'll never get rid of their land lines just in case they run out of minutes or their cell dies.

"Very good back up system just in case," said Daniel Waetrous.