Monday, March 16, 2009

US Daily Mobile Internet Use More Than Doubles

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported that the number of people using their mobile device to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009. Among the audience of 63.2 million people who accessed news and information on their mobile devices in January 2009, 22.4 million (35%) did so daily (see chart above); more than double the size of the audience last year (10.8 million).

6 Comments:

At 3/16/2009 11:29 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

I access practically everything on my cell phone now as opposed to a PC. Yahoo! e-mail, bank information, etc. While I don't see it entirely replacing a PC, I see it taking a huge chunk out of the market. My wife has an iPhone and she can do pretty much anything that she would normally do on a PC on her iPhone now.

 
At 3/16/2009 11:57 AM, Anonymous PotatoChef said...

I also have a iPhone. Like Chris said, I can do just about everything on the phone that I can do on my laptop. Of course you wouln't want to type a long document or do too much work on a spreadsheet using the phone. But email, banking, news, surfing are all tasks that are seeming to be more convienent on the phone than firing up the computer.

 
At 3/16/2009 2:01 PM, Blogger 1 said...

I'm wondering about those of you who use their mobile devices for all that they can do today, how does the cost of using that mobile device compare with the cost of using the internet from your home?

Thanks...

 
At 3/16/2009 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer to 1:

My wife and I have a family plan with AT&T. She has an iPhone with unlimited data access for $30 / month. I have a Samsung Propel which is like a "poor-man's BlackBerry." I have unlimited data access for $15 / month. This is for speeds that are only slightly slower than our Comcast Cable connection. Comcast internet is approx. $50 a month. In fact, I am looking at doing without the Comcast cable connection altogether because we can tether our phones to a PC for an internet connection. We can take it anywhere and it is less expensive than Comcast.

Most importantly: I can facebook right from my phone!

I'll still have a PC for document writing, on-line classwork (CPE credits are a b!tch) & gaming purposes as Potato Chef said, but I will not need to upgrade my PC. A $250 "netbook" (by Acer, HP, etc.) or one of the new $275 "nettop" computers (Compaq makes a nice one) will do for the forseeable future. I imagine that with gaming consoles and cell phones that the PC will soon be relegated to what it was in the 80's and early 90's...strictly a workplace tool.

 
At 3/16/2009 3:09 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Hey anon @ 2:45 PM, a very interesting and informative reply...

I'm going to be looking into those possiblities even further now...

BTW my brother just picked up an Acer Aspire One Netbook (Model A0A150-1635) at Office Depot for $325.00 including tax according to his e-mail note...

This is what he has on it: It has an 160gig hard drive, 3 usb ports, wi-fi, 10/100 ethernet plug, 1 sd slot, 1 multi-card reader, display output, mike and speaker outputs, comes with stereo speakers and built in webcam and mike. It comes with Windows XP Home edition with sp3 and Internet Explorer 7"...

Note, NOT Vista...:-)

He seems very happy with it and he can use it for both work and whatever else he does with it...

 
At 3/16/2009 6:05 PM, Blogger Scott Grannis said...

I can't recall the exact numbers, but the iPhone accounts for the lion's share of the increase in mobile data usage. Something like 80-90%. Pretty impressive. I've got one too.

 

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