According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for wireless telephone services were 12.72% lower in 2021 versus 2015 (a $6.36 difference in value).
Between 2015 and 2021: Cell service experienced an average inflation rate of -2.24% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, cell service costing $50 in the year 2015 would cost $43.64 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.96% during this same period, inflation for cell service was significantly lower.
In the year 2015: Pricing changed by -3.77%, which is below the average yearly change for cell service during the 2015-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), 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 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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