March 14, 2005 10:17 AM PST
U.S. cell tally: 180 million users and counting
On average, a U.S. cell phone subscriber's monthly bill was 1.5 percent higher in 2004 than in 2003, an increase from $49.91 a month to about $50.64 a month, according to the survey. A reason for the higher bills is that taxes and fees subscribers pay are also on the rise. In 2003, these additional costs represented about 14 percent of a typical monthly bill; in 2004 it was 17 percent last year, according to the CTIA. The CTIA survey found the U.S. cell phone industry last year added 21.7 million new subscribers. As a result, carriers' revenues also inched up in 2004, cracking the $100 billion mark for the first time.