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35 percent of Americans own smart phones, says Pew survey

Consumer Reports News: July 12, 2011 03:06 PM

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A new study from the Pew Internet & American Life project reveals that a third of all American adults—35 percent—now own and use a smart phone such as an Apple iPhone.

The Pew findings come from a May 2011 nationwide telephone survey of 2,227 adults. From those interviews, Pew estimated that 83 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and that 42 percent of those cell phones are smart phones. Pew researchers then extrapolated that smart phones have penetrated into a third of the nation's population.

That's quite a jump, considering it was just 10 years ago that smart phones first made their way into U.S. consumers' hands. To put it into perspective, that means more American adults own smart phones than:

Smartphone Adoption and Usage [Pew Internet & American Life Project]
35% of adults found to have smart phones [SF Gate]

Paul Eng

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