According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for telephone services were 10.98% lower in 2020 versus 2012 (a $5.49 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: Phone service experienced an average inflation rate of -1.44% per year. In other words, phone service costing $50 in the year 2012 would cost $44.51 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.44% during this same period, inflation for phone service was lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 0.47%, which is above the average yearly change for phone service during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for phone service was lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Telephone services:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Phone service, over time, for $50 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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