According to Pew Research’s new report “Cell Internet Use 2012,” 17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, as opposed to a computer or other electronic device. Most people who fall into this group cite convenience for doing so, but some say the phone is their only option for online access. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults own a cell phone of some kind as of April 2012, and more than half use their phone to go online. Pew calls these individuals “cell internet users,” and their numbers represent a notable increase from the 31% of cell owners who said that they used their phone to go online in April 2009. Moreover, 31% of these cell internet users mostly go online using their cell phone, rather than another device.
For more information, see http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2296/mobile-cell-internet-web-access-phone