According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for wireless telephone services were 4.86% lower in 2019 versus 2017 (a $2.43 difference in value).
Between 2017 and 2019: Cell service experienced an average inflation rate of -2.46% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, cell service costing $50 in the year 2017 would cost $47.57 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.34% during this same period, inflation for cell service was significantly lower.
In the year 2017: Pricing changed by -10.68%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for cell service during the 2017-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), inflation for cell service was much lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Wireless telephone services:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cell service, over time, for $50 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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