August 12, 2008 3:00 pm

InventHelp’s Invention Girl didn’t grow up in a very tech-savvy home. I used a rotary phone (yes, the kind with the big, plastic circle with cut-outs for each number) until I was well into my teens. We didn’t have touch-tone dialing or call waiting until I was a senior in high school.

Now that I’m all grown up, I’m part of a new generation that’s opted to ditch the land line in favor of all cellular service. The decision just comes down to brass tax – I didn’t like paying two phone bills (that’s why I use my office phone at InventHelp as much as possible – lol!). A home phone seemed more like a discretionary item than a necessarily utility.

This trend is putting quite a dent into the profits of landline providers, with industry analysts blaming the U.S. economic downturn. But even the housing foreclosure crisis has made a featured blame-game guest appearance. It makes sense when you think about it – when people have to move and budget, a home phone more often than not doesn’t make the cut.

Plus, with a work, home and cell-phone number, it can be a hassle to juggle 3+ phone numbers. Now, when someone asks the best number to reach InventHelp’s Invention Girl, I don’t have to stare at them blankly while I mentally chart my availability. One number for one person is one idea I can deal with!

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