Phone service priced at $50 in 2000 $45.95 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Phone service

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Prices for Phone Service, 2000-2018 ($50)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for telephone services were 8.10% lower in 2018 versus 2000 (a $4.05 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Phone service experienced an average inflation rate of -0.47% per year. In other words, phone service costing $50 in the year 2000 would cost $45.95 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for phone service was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -1.57%, which is below the average yearly change for phone service during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for phone service was much lower.

Price Inflation for Telephone services since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2017 (-7.18%), 2007 (2.60%), and 2004 (-2.58%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Telephone services:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 100.669 100.054 98.485 99.269 99.685 98.308 95.769 94.854 95.762 98.247 100.451 102.392 102.379 101.209 101.685 101.559 101.131 99.310 98.846 91.750 90.510

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Buying power of $50 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Phone service, over time, for $50 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $50.00 -1.57%
2001 $50.40 0.80%
2002 $50.61 0.42%
2003 $49.91 -1.38%
2004 $48.62 -2.58%
2005 $48.16 -0.96%
2006 $48.62 0.96%
2007 $49.88 2.60%
2008 $51.00 2.24%
2009 $51.98 1.93%
2010 $51.98 -0.01%
2011 $51.38 -1.14%
2012 $51.62 0.47%
2013 $51.56 -0.12%
2014 $51.34 -0.42%
2015 $50.42 -1.80%
2016 $50.18 -0.47%
2017 $46.58 -7.18%
2018 $45.95 -1.35%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for phone service, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Telephone services was 98.485 in the year 2000 and 90.510 in 2018:

90.510 / 98.485 * $50 = $45.95

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $50 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $45.95 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Telephone services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Telephone services in 1997. In addition to phone service, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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