Cell phone batteries are expensive.
So expensive that they make you question the worth of owning one, especially if you’re one of the 1.7 billion people in the United States who don’t have one.
According to a report published this week in the Journal of Consumer Research, more than 80% of Americans have no idea that their phone battery life has declined for three decades.
And a majority of consumers don’t know that cell phone owners pay far more for the same battery than other Americans.
The study, conducted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, surveyed 2,000 people in a national survey about their cell phone and cell phone battery usage.
Nearly half of those surveyed reported they’ve used their cell phones less than 20% of the time in the past year.
About 9% of those polled said they had used their phones 20% or more of the day.
That’s a dramatic decline in usage.
And it’s the biggest decline in battery life for any cell phone in the last 30 years.
“If cell phones were an average of the size of the United Kingdom, they would be the size for a normal house,” said Dan Friesen, the study’s lead author.
Cell phone battery use peaked in 2000 at 2.4 million devices per day.
But that number has dropped to 1.9 million today, according to data from Nielsen.
It’s a decline of nearly 70% over the last decade.
“It’s a pretty bad trend,” Friese said.
“You can’t make any sense of it except to say that the batteries are getting smaller and smaller.
It makes it hard to buy a cell phone.
It reduces the value of your phone.”
According to a 2012 study, cell phone users spent about $100 a month on their phone bills.
That number has declined nearly 70%, from $30.75 a month in 2011 to $20.30 a month today.
And that’s even as cell phone prices have risen, according the Pew Research Center, the price of a cell-phone has more than doubled in the same period.
According to the Pew study, the average consumer pays about $3,600 for their phone, with the majority of this spending on accessories.
That includes a range of devices, like accessories like antennas, chargers and antennas, and accessories for charging and maintaining phones.
While the average cell phone user can’t afford to buy any of these, the costs associated with owning one are still staggering.
And, according a survey by research firm NPD Group, just one in 10 Americans own a cell device that can withstand a charge for more than 30 hours.
And while consumers can’t pay the full price for a cell, some are able to pay a small premium.
A survey of consumers by NPD and Consumer Reports found that for some, the premium is between $50 and $100 per month.
That is, some customers pay about $2,000 to $5,000 per month to own a smartphone that can last for two years.
When asked what is causing this trend, the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACAA) said the most likely culprits are the growing number of wireless carriers and the increasing cost of new devices.
One of the major carriers is Verizon Wireless.
It has long been a leading provider of wireless services.
Verizon Wireless has been one of several wireless carriers to aggressively market its service, including through ads and promotional events.
And its new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus phones are the most expensive smartphones ever made.
But, the company is not alone.
Other major carriers are also expanding their wireless services, including AT&T and Sprint.
Both carriers offer services including unlimited texting, calling and data, but each company is limited to one of these plans.
T-Mobile is the only major carrier that offers a service called unlimited data.
Another major carrier is Verizon FiOS.
FiOS, as it is known, offers both fixed and mobile Internet access.
But customers can choose from a variety of Internet speeds, including speeds up to 3G and up to 50Mbps.
The company has aggressively marketed its service as offering a lot of value for money.
Many people have also switched to prepaid carriers.
These are smaller providers that provide their customers with a cheaper option to buy their wireless service.
In fact, a survey of people who have switched to a prepaid carrier revealed that nearly 40% of people have paid an extra $200 or more for their wireless data.
For example, the cheapest prepaid service for the iPhone 6 costs $50 per month and includes unlimited texting and video calls, up to two years of high-speed data and the ability to pay with a credit card or debit card.
But a cheaper plan, called Simple Choice, costs just $30 a year, with data speeds of 3G, unlimited texting.
And the company has said it plans to add more features to its service.