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Study: Use of mobile Internet rising

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Washington, D.C.—A growing number of U.S. mobile phone users is accessing the Internet, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Pew’s “Mobile Access 2010,” report based on an online survey of 2,252 adults in April and May, found that 38% of those owning a mobile device use it to access the Internet, up from 25% in April 2009.

In addition, 11% U.S. adults who own a mobile device have used it to make a purchase. However, the incidence of mobile online purchases differs by ethnic background: 18% of English-speaking Hispanics with mobile devices and 13% of similarly equipped African-Americans made a mobile purchase online, compared with 10% of whites.

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