According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for wireless telephone services were 15.25% lower in 2020 versus 2016 (a $7.63 difference in value).
Between 2016 and 2020: Cell service experienced an average inflation rate of -4.05% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, cell service costing $50 in the year 2016 would cost $42.37 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.78% during this same period, inflation for cell service was significantly lower.
In the year 2016: Pricing changed by -0.97%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cell service during the 2016-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), 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 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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