07/22/2009 - More Americans are accessing the Internet using wireless mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
"Use of the Internet on mobile devices has grown sharply from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2009," with 56 percent of Americans saying that have "at some point used wireless means for online access," the Pew Center said.
While laptops, game consoles and MP3 players were cited as some of the devices used for wireless Internet access, Pew's findings show that smartphones — such as the iPhone or BlackBerrys which have Web access and e-mail — are playing a fast-growing role.
"I think smartphones certainly have a good deal to do with the growth in use of mobile access," said John B. Horrigan, Pew Internet Project associate director of research. "The devices have more capabilities, networks are more readily available, and this means people are drawn to taking advantage of mobile resources."
Read the full article Pew Study: Wireless Internet Use Up Sharply on MSNBC's Web site.