Smartphones replaces PCs as primary web surfing device

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Ofcom’s 2015 Communications Market Report finds smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, it was reported that Britons spend 1hr and 54mins on the net using their smart phones compared to an hour and nine mins on their PCs.

As of 2014 with the availability of 4G, subscription rose from 2.7million to 23.6million this is still on the increase.

4G has supercharged our smartphones, helping people do everything from the weekly shop to catching up with friends with a face-to-face video call. For the first time, smartphones have overtaken laptops as the UK’s most popular internet device and are now the hub of our daily lives

James Thickett
Ofcom director of research

Fact is, even before the advancement of 4G, in some countries, the use of smartphones for getting online is still high compared to that of a PC, I remember a time when the cyber café was always crowded because people needed to check their mails and perform other menial tasks, now things have changed, a smartphone offers these features too, mobile phones now offer flexible internet plans, and guess what? it’s all in your pocket.

Also with the popularity of self portrait photography, smartphones are the right choice for taking selfies and uploading on social networksselfieWhich do you use more to surf the net? your phone or laptop?


The Office of Communications commonly known as Ofcom, is the government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the United Kingdom. Ofcom has wide-ranging powers across the television, radio, telecoms and postal sectors. It has a statutory duty to represent the interests of citizens and consumers by promoting competition and protecting the public from harmful or offensive material.

Some of the main areas Ofcom presides over are licensing, research, codes and policies, complaints, competition and protecting the radio spectrum from abuse (e.g. pirate radio stations).



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