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Tech Watch: Survey Shows Web Surfing Increasing Among Cell Users

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A man uses two smartphones. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

A man uses two smartphones. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A new study form the Pew Research Center and American Life Project shows that more and more cellphone users are turning to their phones to browse the Internet.

The report found that 17 percent of cellphone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most of those surveyed said they do it for convenience, but for some their phone is the only option for online access.

CNET Editor at Large Brian Cooley:

Some other stats: 88 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they own a cellphone of some kind as of April 2012 and 55 percent said they use their phones to go online, a huge increase over the 31 percent of cell owners who went online using their phones in April of 2009.

Most experts feel this could change the way browsers and websites are configured as sites will be forced to have mobile versions for their online content to compete.

The national telephone survey was conducted in March and April of this year among more than 2,200 adults.

You can hear Brian Cooley’s Tech Watch report Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:50 P.M. on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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