According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for telephone services were 8.85% lower in 2020 versus 2015 (a $4.43 difference in value).
Between 2015 and 2020: Phone service experienced an average inflation rate of -1.84% per year. In other words, phone service costing $50 in the year 2015 would cost $45.57 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.67% during this same period, inflation for phone service was significantly lower.
In the year 2015: Pricing changed by -1.80%, which is above the average yearly change for phone service during the 2015-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), 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 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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