Via Sue Marek of Fierce Wireless, people in rural areas are increasingly embracing mobile:

A new study from Current Analysis and commissioned by the Competitive Carriers’ Association found that more than 80 percent of rural subscribers plan to purchase a smartphone in the next three months. The study also found that 34 percent of those who own a smartphone use wireless exclusively for their telecommunications needs.

While coverage in rural areas continues to be a concern, the fact that “cord-cutting” is making its way into rural communities is just more evidence that the transition to next-generation, all-IP networks is well underway.