Surfing by phone: Significant growth

Seems it’s only a matter of time before Americans are accessing the Net via phones as much as on computers. And certainly, Web access is coming to the cellphone of a kid near you! A just-released survey by the Pew/Internet Project found that 56% of US adults have accessed the Internet wirelessly – via laptop, mobile device, game console, or MP3 player, and about a third (32%) have used a cellphone to access the Net “for emailing, instant-messaging, or information-seeking.” That figure for phone-based access is up one-third since December 2007, “when 24% of Americans had ever used the Internet on a mobile device.” On a typical day, Pew adds 19% of Americans use the Net from their phones – 73% growth over 16 months.

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