WOF: Do you browse the web with your phone?

By Jos ยท 43 replies
Oct 1, 2010
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  1. In the past few years we've seen a number of smartphones and mobile operating systems burst onto the scene and drive mobile Internet usage through the roof. It's difficult to get reliable statistics, as numbers tend to vary significantly depending on whom you ask, but some estimates even claim the number of mobile Internet users will be higher than that of users browsing the web via a desktop computer by the year 2014.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Nope. I have the most basic of pre-paid phones. I spend enough time sitting on computers and looking at the net without doing it from a phone too.
  3. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 382   +89

    Sometimes i'll check the weather or facebook, or go to m.newegg.com to compare prices to something in walmart or best buy, and occasioanlly read a news story, but i don't use it a lot for any of those. I don't have a smart phone, though, so the browsing experience is less than ideal even for a phone.
  4. I dont have a cell phone, im broke.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    If I'm not around the computer, I use the phone.
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    No I'm far too cheap to pay to access the web on my cell phone.
  7. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

    my pc is for the web not my cell phone
  8. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    They block internet access at my office, where I spend most of my day, we only have access during lunch time... so, I had to get an iphone to continue reading techspot news!! :)
  9. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Yep, I browse using my Sony Ericsson W705 :D Most of the time using Wi-Fi instead. Thats what MCDonalds is for lol
  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I occasionally browse Facebook, Gmail or Techspot on my HTC Wildfire when I don't have access to my PC.
  11. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    I use my iphone whenever I need to look at something at blocked site while I'm at work.
  12. Midgetmax

    Midgetmax TS Rookie Posts: 49

    All the time! I'm posting this from my moto droid1.
  13. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 617   +177

    I never browse the web from my phone (though I do sometimes txt Google) so I hate that I have to pay an extra $10-$30 a month to get a great phone! I could enjoy a Moto Droid X just fine without internet access (or just using the net when connected via WiFi. I could watch TV shows transfered from my computer, listen to the radio, and play games; never needing that net connection I'd still have to pay $30 a month for :p
  14. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Browsing the web with my PC is nearly free. Browsing the web with cell phones around here costs a fortune! I'd rather use a portable notebook using a wireless modem than paying loads of cash only to realize that most pages takes forever to load, thus costs thereafter.
  15. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I currently don't have a phone/data plan for even basic web browsing, so the answer is no. I do however plan on having a phone/data plan for web browsing by the end of the year.
  16. I have a good plan with softbank in Japan. About 5000 yen a month for all the data you can download so I use the net on my iphone a lot especially at work where I don't have free internet access. Mostly for uni study, Oz and tech news or weather. I am using Mini Opera. Its better than safari but has some glitches. When my contract runs out in 8 months I will change to an Android phone asap. I couldn't get an Android 1.5 years ago in Japan so had to settle for an iphone. Good experience to know not to get apple anything again. Too restricting.
  17. Sometimes in my Samsung i8910HD = opera browser (no flash sigh)
    no 4G in Israel no set dates
  18. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Yes I do all the time really. I have an iPhone and we have wireless everywhere on campus so I use it quite a bit. Also in bed sometimes when I can't be arsed to turn on the PC. Some things bug me about it though - mainly to do with the crappy on screen keyboard. Too many sites do not remember login details in mobile safari so that stops me posting on forums using it unless I REALLY want to enter my username and password again again.

    I do not use it on 3G or GPRS tho. Only wireless is fast enough to make it bearable.
  19. twojpodlysyn

    twojpodlysyn TS Member

    i use about once a day Opera on my nokia E71
  20. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 338   +203

    I do sometimes. But never for any sort of extended browsing/reading session. It's usually to find one specific piece of information I'm looking for. The internet on my phone isn't fast enough, the screen isn't big enough, and it tends to be just wonky. This is unacceptable.

    To google who says that cell phones will take over computers in 5 years... not until you can fold out a full size keyboard, mouse, and monitor from them all transformers style.
  21. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    I use my Touch 2 windows phone to browse the web all the time. Both in my house over wifi and out and about using mobile internet. Navigate to this website sometimes via mopbile web as well, along with checking email, news and watching youtube videos. Yesterday I followed by ttrip to London using google maps and the phones inbuilt sat-nav. (kinda classes as Mobile web use right!)

    Some say Win mob sucks, i have no beef with it, does what I want it to. battery life on the touch 2 a bit crap when using Net and Sat nav tho.
  22. Killing time in school has never been easier!
  23. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    @ Guest, Yea I do that at college now they blocked FB and Twitter.
  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I do often - especially if it's late and I forget to do something on one of my machines, I'll remote control a machine from my phone and do it from bed.
  25. pretzelwagon

    pretzelwagon TS Member Posts: 22

    If I'm not near my computer(s), I'll get on my phone. Especially useful for price-matching in stores.

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