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Internet usage via mobile phone on the rise

Internet usage via mobile phone on the rise

Some 56 per cent of mobile users are now accessing the internet via their mobiles according to a poll conducted by online usability and accessibility consultants Webcredible.

Downloading ringtones, traditionally one of the most established additional features for mobiles, came top of the poll.

Users were asked which internet function they used most on their mobile; 25 per cent of users polled said that their favourite activity was to download ringtones to their mobile via the internet.

However, map reading appeared to be less popular with just 3% stating that accessing maps or getting directions through their phone was the service they most preferred using.

Director Webcredible, Trenton Moss, said, "The internet has been available via mobile handsets for many years but take up has been slow to say the least. However, for perhaps the first time we are beginning to see significant numbers of mobile users surfing on move."

He added, "Speed, cost and the capacity of handsets have all been hindering factors as has site usability. It takes considerable work and expertise to make a site 'mobile friendly' and to a point that it can be easily navigated. In the past sites have been guilty of trying to transpose a website straight onto a mobile format, making usability near impossible."

Moss concluded, "This is getting much better, but there is still much room for improvement - it should not be ignored that 44 per cent of users do not use their mobile for anything except for voice calls and texting."

Webcredible surveyed 1166 mobile phone users and achieved the following results:

- Download ringtones - 282 votes (24 per cent)
- Read news or sports content - 98 votes (8 per cent)
- Check your email - 136 votes (12 per cent)
- Use maps or get directions - 39 votes (3 per cent)
- Use search engines to find information- 95 votes (8 per cent)
- I don't do any of the above - 515 votes (44 per cent)

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