PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rising Smartphone Bills Cut Into Family Budgets

As more Americans opt for smartphones, telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T are getting a huge boost from the data plans they’re selling. Telecoms have seen revenue for data plans increase by $38 billion over four years.

And that’s translating into dramatically higher cell phone bills. Last year, some families with four smartphones spent more than $4,000 to stay connected.

That figure has been rising for the past four years.

But as families increase the amount of money they spend on cell phone service, they’re cutting back in other areas, like eating out, clothes and entertainment.

And economic experts say that shift in spending is hurting the bottom line of restaurants, clothing stores and the film industry.

Guest:

  • Anton Troianovsky, telecom reporter for the Wall Street Journal

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 1 5 Comments

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn't like having one.

July 1 3 Comments

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.

June 30 6 Comments

With Pluto On Its Horizon, NASA Spacecraft Nears Target

"We haven't done anything like this since Voyager in the 1980s, and nothing like it is planned to ever happen again."

June 30 43 Comments

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.