Mobile internet usage on the rise

By on February 7, 2012
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Doubling year on year since 2009


Web analytics company Statcounter revealed today that internet usage through mobile devices (excluding tablets) has nearly doubled to 8.5% in January of this year, compared with 4.3% last year (See Table A below).

Table A:
Global use of mobile devices to access internet
(excludes tablets*)
Jan 2009: 0.7%
Jan 2010: 1.6%
Jan 2011: 4.3%
Jan 2012: 8.5%
Source: StatCounter Global Stats

“While global internet usage through mobiles is still under 10%, the pace of growth is remarkable,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

This comes as no surprise, as more and more people switch over to smartphones and continue to surf the web on the go. Surprisingly enough, the statistics reveal that Nokia was the most commonly used device globally when accessing content on the go, followed by Apple and RIM.

The statistics prove that ‘mobile-ready’ versions of websites are still very important, and ensuring that your content can be delivered on both a desktop and mobile experience is really a no-brainer.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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