Survey: Two-thirds of Americans go online via mobile phones
Sixty-three percent of U.S. mobile subscribers use their phone to go online, up from 55 percent a year ago and surging from 31 percent in 2009, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
"Because 91 percent of all Americans now own a cell phone, this means that 57 percent of all American adults are cell Internet users," Pew Research Center said.
Thirty-four percent of mobile Internet users rely on their phone as their primary point of access to the Web, ahead of rival devices like desktops, laptops and tablets. These "cell-mostly Internet users" account for 21 percent of the total U.S. mobile subscriber population, Pew Research Center notes, adding that young adults, non-whites and consumers with relatively low income and education levels are particularly likely to rely on mobile Web access.
Last month, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) teamed with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Opera Software, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Samsung Electronics to launch Internet.org, a coalition dedicated to extending online access to developing markets via mobile devices and services. According to Internet.org data, only 2.7 billion people--just over a third of the global population--currently enjoy Web access. The group seeks to bring the rest of the world online by collaborating on technological initiatives that slash the cost of delivering mobile data services.
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