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Mobile Internet Users on Rise

by Sheela Philomena on  June 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Americans moving to mobile internet, says survey.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project found 88 percent of US adults had a cell phone of some kind as of April, and 55 percent of them use their phone to go online.
 Mobile Internet Users on Rise
Mobile Internet Users on Rise
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One out of six, or 17 percent of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device.

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Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access, the survey found.

Young adults and non-whites are most likely to use their cell phones for the majority of their online browsing, it found.

Among 18-29 year-olds, 45 percent said they do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. That was also true of 51 percent of African-American cell Internet users and 43 percent of Latinos.

"Cell phones are convenient, always available -- 64 percent of cell-mostly Internet users mention factors related to convenience or the always-available nature of mobile phones when asked for the main reason why they do most of their online browsing on their cell phone," a Pew report said.

Eighteen percent of cell-mostly Internet users said using their phone is "a simpler, more effective choice for going online," it added.

The report was based on a telephone survey conducted March 15 to April 3 of 2,254 adults age 18 and over, including 903 interviews conducted on the respondent's cell phone.

Source: AFP
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