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.
What do you think of this survey? Is your phone your primary source of the web?