A Fifth of American Smartphone Owners Consider their Smartphone a Financial Burden: Pew

by Istvan Fekete on April 7, 2015

Pew has released the results of its latest research into America’s smartphone usage and connectivity. What is interesting to see is how the rapid adoption of smartphones influence Americans and their habits, especially now that 64% of US citizens own a smartphone, a figure which is up from 35% reported in the spring of 2011.

The Pew survey measured reliance on smartphones for connecting to the Internet in two ways: First, they asked whether owners had a traditional broadband service at home, and secondly, whether they had a number of options for accessing the Internet in general from any location.

As it turns out, at least one condition applies to one in five American adults (19%), the survey found. Interestingly, 10% of smartphone owners do not have any other form of high-speed Internet access at home beyond their data plan. Another 15% said they had a limited number of ways to get online in other ways than their phone.

Fact is, the LTE coverage of carriers is reshaping the way Americans connect to the Internet: In some cases it can be a substitute for home broadband. What also limits the number of home broadband connections is its additional cost to their mobile data plan.

The Pew survey found that Americans aged 18–29 are “heavily dependent” on a smartphone for online access. When considering household income, that translates to those with income of less than $30,000 per year, compared to just 1% earning more than $75,000 per year.

Smartphone-dependent Americans also face stresses and financial burdens that their non-smartphone-dependent counterparts don’t. For example, almost half of smartphone-dependent Americans had to cancel their cell phone service for a certain period, because the cost of keeping the service was a financial hardship.

The survey also found that 23% of smartphone owners had cancelled their cell phone service for financial reasons. Also, it is worth noting that while the majority of smartphone owners say a mobile device is worth the cost, 19% of them describe it as a financial burden.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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