Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released a report which reveals that smartphones are now responsible for a third of internet access, up from 23% in 2014. Meanwhile, use of laptop computers for accessing the Internet has dropped from 40% in 2014 to 30% in 2015. Desktop computers now account for just 14% of online access.
The rise in mobile Internet access has been attributed to rises in smartphone ownership (two-thirds of adults now have one) and also the availability of 4G. Users now subscribing to high-speed mobile Internet has reached 23.6million.
What’s more, 4G users are more addicted to their phones than ever, with 34% saying they use their smartphone within five minutes of waking up. And nearly two-thirds (62%) told Ofcom they “couldn’t live” without their phone (compared to 52% of all smartphone users).