NextGov: The Many Americans Who Only Use Smartphones to Go Online – Nextgov.com

The idea that new Internet users will come online on smartphones rather than computers is now well established. But it is often assumed that this population is composed entirely of people from the world’s poor countries. A new report from Pew punctures that assumption: It turns out that one in five American adults access the Internet primarily from their smartphones.

A tenth of Americans over 18 have no broadband service apart from the data package on their phones; 15 percent say they have few options to get online apart from their phones. According to Pew, 19 percent of American adults say that at least one of those two conditions applies, while 7 percent say both of them apply. That’s a not-insignificant proportion of the 64 percent of American adults who own smartphones.

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