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More Than Half of Mobile Phone Users Utilize Internet

According to a new study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 85 percent of U.S. adults own a mobile phone, while 56 percent from that figure utilize internet access on their devices.

"Fully 85 percent of American adults own a cell phone and now use the devices to do much more than make phone calls," Pew's Maeve Duggan and Lee Rainie said in a recent study. "Cell phones have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities."

The data in question is based on surveys carried out in March and August, which saw 4,500 cell phone owners being polled about their habits. While the survey didn't reveal the percentage of those polled owned a smartphone, a Pew poll released in April revealed that around 46 percent of American adults own one.

Comparatively, during the July of 2011, Pew data showcased that 83 percent of U.S. adults own a cell phone, while 35 percent have a smartphone.

Consumers using the internet on their handsets has increased from 25 percent in 2008 to 56 percent in 2012. 22 percent of mobile owners downloaded apps in 2009, which has risen to 43 percent this year.

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  • assasin32
    I wonder what percentage of them wonders why smartphones have such bad battery life. (Hint: even though hardware is getting more powerful and effecient consumers demand slim/light phones and large batteries don't exactly fit.)
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  • One question comes to my mind: With all these extra functions, how many American people still use it to make an ordinary phone call? No word about that in the study report, or at least in this article on Tom's.
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  • unksol
    "More than half of mobile users are forced to pay for internet even of they don't want it, just to be allowed to use a decent phone"

    Subheading "shockingly they use what they were forced to buy"
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  • halcyon
    Upon seeing this article I thought, "Well, more than half the people on Earth breathe too...." I'm one of those that most certainly uses the internet on my phone quite a bit more than using the device for voice calls.
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  • tomfreak
    somehow I wonder why cant they release the same phone with diff thickness that come with diff battery capacity. its really simple just change the phone external cover and put in diff battery size.

    I certainly wont mind extra 3-5mm thickness with 200-400% battery capacity
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  • halcyon
    ^You're putting customer desires and needs before corporate greed. You will not be tolerated.
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  • unksol
    9433499 said:
    somehow I wonder why cant they release the same phone with diff thickness that come with diff battery capacity. its really simple just change the phone external cover and put in diff battery size.

    I certainly wont mind extra 3-5mm thickness with 200-400% battery capacity


    This is why we have removable batteries....

    So.... Buy an extended battery that comes with a new backdoor? That's what I did for my GS2. (And samsung black jack way back when).Double the capacity, lasts a full 24 hours of heavy use. days on normal use. Costs 20 bucks.... no affect on using or carrying it. Been using it a year.
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  • assasin32
    unksolThis is why we have removable batteries....So.... Buy an extended battery that comes with a new backdoor? That's what I did for my GS2. (And samsung black jack way back when).Double the capacity, lasts a full 24 hours of heavy use. days on normal use. Costs 20 bucks.... no affect on using or carrying it. Been using it a year.Tomfreaksomehow I wonder why cant they release the same phone with diff thickness that come with diff battery capacity. its really simple just change the phone external cover and put in diff battery size.I certainly wont mind extra 3-5mm thickness with 200-400% battery capacity
    I did the same thing with my Droid Incredible I bought a battery which has 2.7x the capacity the largest I could find for it. It cost me $5 since the phone wasn't brand new at the time and it seems the seller of these things wants to get rid of them quick once the phone isn't the newest thing on the block. Works well and has no downsides minus having a cheap back cover which makes the phone large to conceal the battery. I get quite a few "That is ugly what is that?" type of comments directed towards my phone or "That thing is huge" but I just tell them I can at least use the thing all day and I ask them how they like charging their phone in the middle of the day.
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  • zeratul600
    Well that strategy of changing the battery sounds nice, but now it make me thing that maybe the nexus 4 isn't the best idea!
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  • zeratul600
    make me *THINK
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