99% of Americans Don’t Miss the Headphone Jack

Remember the days when you could seamlessly plug in your headphones to the headphone jack? No bluetooth. No fussing around with reconnecting because the connection was lost. Well, a survey of over 3,000 American smartphone owners told us 99% of them don’t miss the headphone jack.

The phone service Ting conducted the survey. Out of 3,640 respondents, 1% was recorded saying that the headphone jack was a top-three feature they preferred.

What is the most important feature of a smartphone besides the headphone jack?

It is clear this audience could care less about going away with a headphone jack. But, what were the features they did care about? For starters, price. 35% said price was a major factor. With iPhone prices skyrocketing with each model, this is of no surprise. 30% said the operating system were most important, and 14% were most concerned about the phone specs.


With the headphone jack disappearing from most smartphones including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note 10, wired headphones seem to be a thing of the past. While the Apple AirPods were released in 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the release as a “runaway success”. With an initial 6 week shipping delay, AirPods sold out everywhere. The public desire to switch to bluetooth from wired headphones seems clear from this success.

As more technology is released without the headphone jack, it doesn’t look like it is coming bak any time soon. Bluetooth seems to be the way of the future and companies are continuing to make phones without jacks, as well as producing their own bluetooth compatible wireless headphones.