As Americans try to balance household budgets they're discovering one item they can hang up is the cell phone.
A report released Thursday by the New Millenium Research Council says "millions of Americans are on the verge of disconnecting expensive cell phone plans." As their contracts come up for renewal researchers say 39-percent of cell users say they'll probably at least cut back on their plans, reducing minutes and high priced services like GPS and Internet access.
The numbers are especially high among households making 35-thousand-dollars a year or less and among cell users aged 18 to 34.
The study finds at least 40-million Americans saying they are "more inclined today than six months ago to look at a way to save money" on the cell phone bill.
That includes switching from contract to a prepaid service.
Nineteen-million Americans, one in five cell users who have extra services ranging from texting fees to additional costs for picture taking, say they've considered cutting back.
About 5-percent already have in the past six months.
Only 39-percent of cell phone users told researchers it is "not likely at all" that they'd be cutting back -- recession or no recession.
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