Cell phone use expected to decline as recession drags on

Monthly billing will be hardest hit, survey shows

A new survey shows that millions of Americans are expected to cut back on cell phone spending, assuming the economic downturn continues.

The New Millennium Research Council said results of a recent survey conclude that millions of cell phone users have already cut back on their cell phone spending with the recession. The survey of 2,005 Americans conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. shows that millions more are "poised" to cut back if the downturn goes on another six months, as expected.

The poll suggests that monthly contracts for cell phone usage will be hit hardest as consumers try to save money by using prepaid cell phones and cutting out extras from their plans, the council said in a statement.

The NMRC is a Washington-based think tank. It has previously used survey research to support its position that low-income Americans should be extended cell phone service to improve employment and public safety.

The NMRC plans to hold a press conference later today detailing the results

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