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Wireless Internet Users Do More Online
By: MarkJ - 26 February, 2007 (1:37 PM)

A survey of 2,300 people by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that those connected using wireless did more online:

While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily. Just under half of wireless users get news online every day, compared to 31% of internet users at large.

The report characterised wireless as connecting to the internet using a wi-fi network or using a mobile network.

The survey found that the number of internet users with wireless at home nearly doubled, from one out of 10 in January 2005 to one in 5 by December 2006. About 80% of those with wireless access at home also had broadband internet.

The BBC News Online also reports that people under 30 are more likely to access the Internet wirelessly. Unfortunately the survey is predominantly USA focused, although research in the UK has echoed similar results.

Wireless is becoming a very common networking technology, although fixed wireless ISP’s and ‘hotspots’ remain somewhat niche.

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