Mobile Browsing Popular in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canadians are captivated by mobile surfing, according to a new poll (conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Rogers Wireless). The poll suggests that 26 per cent of wirelessly connected Canadians aged 18-34 are accessing the Web from their mobile devices everyday, and of that, 65 per cent are browsing from their mobiles multiple times a day.

So what are Canadians doing when they mobile surf? The study found that 70 per cent of wirelessly connected Canadians are accessing the mobile Internet for personal e-mail and that thirty-six per cent of respondents use mobile devices to search for information. More than one quarter are browsing the web from their mobiles at least once a day, with half of those accessing popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter directly from their mobile devices.

This study is out just as the HTC Dream and HTC Magic smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform, are preparing for their big Canadian debut (on Rogers’ 3.5,  7.2 Mbps High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network).

Both handsets feature a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and camcorder mode, which allows users to film video and upload directly from their handset to YouTube. Both handsets also feature an accelerometer for sensing movement and a digital compass for complete orientation data, as well as microSD storage that’s expandable up to 16GB. Canadians can experience the joy of Android on June 2, 2009.

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