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Stats: iPhone/iPod browser share growing rapidly

updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2008

iPhone browsing stats

The number of Americans browsing the web via the iPhone and iPod touch rose dramatically between December and March, according to StatCounter. The web tracking company reports that figures rose 64 percent in the period, from 0.14 to 0.23 percent of surfers; while the amount is dramatically smaller than that using desktop browsers such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, it is far in excess of some other cellular technologies, such as Nokia's. People browsing from Nokia devices represent just 0.01 percent of the US market.

Nokia is however dominant on a global basis, besting Apple at 0.25 percent versus 0.08. Returning to the US, StatCounter notes that the iPhone is more commonly used than the Touch, accounting for 0.18 percent of the browser market next to the Touch's 0.05. The Touch was, however, only launched by Apple in September of last year, and can only access the Internet from Wi-Fi hotspots. The American iPhone launched in June and additionally has mobile Internet access via EDGE.




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  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    spoofing?

    Could these numbers be due to the spoofing that folks were doing to grab BBC iPlayer content? Just curious.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not BBC

    Not everybody watches the BBC.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: spoofing

    No. Groups like these read logs from a group of varying web sites to gather their information. Spoofing for a particular site would have very little impact.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    spoofing

    Also the hack to access BBC's streams only works for those in the UK, and the hack as far as I was aware didn't spoof the browser but rather used the URL that the iPhone used to access the video - i.e. the PC/Mac didn't pretend to be using Safari on the iPhone. Hence this wouldn't have had any affect on these numbers.

  1. boomer0127

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    thanks

    for the clarification.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    could this be anymore

    of an empty statistic?

    Seeing as how sales of iPhones and iPod Touch's are growing steady right now since last June - maybe it's because more and more new owners of these devices are actually getting to a comfort level with using tthem and are breaking away from the constant need to connect up thru a desktop computer to check things such as eMail and chat with their pals?

    nah - it's just a coincidence_

  1. celtsune

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Touch can get wifi access

    The Touch can use wifi so if you get one of these and use usb to your cell phone that is supported you can use wifi to get online: http://www.cradlepoint.com/phs300/phs300.php

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