So while 58 percent of smartphone users connect to the Internet for news and information, a far larger percentage, 85 percent, of iPhone users do the same, M:Metrics reports. Only 13 percent of standard cell phone users access the Web from their mobile handsets.
It's not just the superiority of Safari that's made the iPhone such a much-used conduit to the Web. The mini applications known as Widgets that Apple bundles with the iPhone and AT&T's unlimted plan for data access are important too.
"Our data shows that once the fear of surprise data charges is eliminated, mobile content consumption increases dramatically, regardless of device," said M:Metrics senior analyst Mark Donovan, while the "iPhone's widgets are an effective means to drive mobile content consumption"
"Two featured widgets, YouTube and Google Maps, are extremely popular among iPhone users: 30.4 percent accessed YouTube and 36 percent used Google Maps." By comparison, a mere one percent of all mobile subscribers overall accessed YouTube and only 2.6 percent used Google Maps.
Here are some additional things M:Metrics found out in its latest study:
"The iPhone has certainly delivered on its hype," observed Donovan. "Beyond a doubt, this device is compelling consumers to interact with the mobile Web, delivering off-the-charts usage from everything to text messaging to mobile video."
This article was first published on SmartPhoneToday.com.