According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for wireless telephone services were 21.03% lower in 2020 versus 2012 (a $10.51 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: Cell service experienced an average inflation rate of -2.91% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, cell service costing $50 in the year 2012 would cost $39.49 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.49% during this same period, inflation for cell service was significantly lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by -0.78%, which is above the average yearly change for cell service during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for cell service was 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 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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