WPR News
2:21 pm
Thu August 19, 2004

AARP Survey: Members Switching to Cell Phones

Lararmie, Wy – The AARP is reporting that half of its Wyoming members are thinking of dropping their traditional telephones for cells. The main reason for this is apparently cost. But, AARP Wyoming Director, Rita Inoway, says her members are not necessarily going to make this switch right away because of a concern about safety. She says members tell her that they have a concern about calling 9-1-1 because a cell phone doesn't necessarily bring emergency workers to their home if they are unable to speak.
Inoway says the survey that produced this information also shows more AARP members are using cell phones than four years ago. And Wyoming members use the phones at a higher rate than the rest of the country.