According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for wireless telephone services were 15.96% lower in 2020 versus 2015 (a $7.98 difference in value).
Between 2015 and 2020: Cell service experienced an average inflation rate of -3.42% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, cell service costing $50 in the year 2015 would cost $42.02 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.71% 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 2015-2020 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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