According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for telephone services are 3.18% lower in 2023 versus 2016 (a $1.59 difference in value).
Between 2016 and 2023: Phone service experienced an average inflation rate of -0.46% per year. In other words, phone service costing $50 in the year 2016 would cost $48.41 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.40% during this same period, inflation for phone service was significantly lower.
In the year 2016: Pricing changed by -0.47%, which is below the average yearly change for phone service during the 2016-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), inflation for phone service was lower.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Phone service, over time, for $50 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Telephone services: