4 out of 5 Internet experts say phones to be primary Internet device by 2020



An industry report details a survey done of 578 Internet activists and found that 80% of them believe the mobile phone will be the primary Internet device by 2020.

“The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection and the only one for a majority of the people across the world,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project writes in a new “Future of the Internet” report. “Telephony [will be] offered under a set of universal standards and protocols accepted by most operators internationally, making for reasonably effortless movement from one part of the world to another.”

We’ve seen this coming but any way you look at it is is amazing how fast the phone has been adopted for heavy Internet usage.  No doubt this movement was aided by the introduction of the iPhone and the “real Internet” capabiities but many other phones are being used for web access too.

What does the 1 out of 5 experts think?  Use Crest for maximum whiteness.

(via Network World)



@pete, such as not using our phones as primary devices? :P

I know what you’re saying as Eric said with laser keyboards plus add in foldout screens and other technologies to make a small device act bigger.

Eric Hilton

Those are my thoughts too Shane! I have to admit, I hate using my iPhone for internet. I will when I’m in the car or on a plane. for this mobilization to take place, we are drastically going to have to changed the way we think about mobile phones. The way we interact with the device will greatly change also. I’m sure the three biggest gripes about using cellys for internet are user input, i.e. keyboards, speed, and screen size. Look at it like this, either phones will get alot bigger, or we’re going to start seeing some really cool gadgets; laser keyboards, intelligent voice recognition, vr, etc.


I haven’t read the report yet but my first thought is “Good grief, I don’t *want* my phone to be my primary Internet connection”

I suppose they may sway me based on their reasoning but I can’t see why I’d want to browse the web on a tiny screen when I could easily have an 8-10″ laptop/netbook + 3G modem to achieve the same effect with less frustration.

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