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Study: Number of Americans Accessing Internet from Mobile Devices Up ‘sharply’

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July 23rd, 2009

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By Ari Driessen
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A study released yesterday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project has found that use of the internet on mobile devices has seen a significant increase from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2009. Americans are using their smartphones, laptops, and MP3 players more and more to access the internet wirelessly to communicate and access information on-the-go.

According to the study’s report, 56% of Americans have accessed the internet wirelessly in some fashion. Not surprisingly, the most commonly used device is a laptop computer, with 39% of Americans reporting they have accessed the internet over a wireless network with a laptop.

32% of Americans have gotten online using a cell phone or hand held device to access information, check email, or communicate using instant message. Altogether, 19% of Americans have accessed the internet wirelessly from both a laptop and mobile device.

By the end of 2007, 24% of Americans reported that they had accessed the internet at some point on a mobile device. In April 2009, this percentage had grown to 32%, with 19% of American’s reporting they had used a mobile device to access the internet ‘yesterday’ as compared to 11% reporting the same in 2007.

More details and the full report can be found at Pew Internet.

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