More than 16 million Brits Surf The Web On the Move

Brits are jumping on the Internet Bandwagon faster than ever before, encouraged by the launch of cheap mobile internet packages and the appearance of true web-capable smartphones like the N810 or the iPhone.

According to the Mobile Data Association (MDA), more than 16 million of us have accessed the internet while roaming around at some point although it is not known whether this figure includes the use of your mobile as a modem.

The figure marks a 25 percent increase in the last 24 months, which is surprisingly low, given the fact that prices have fell significantly during the same period; the MDA expects another 20 percent increase this year alone.

More than 135,000 new users are now using mobile internet either through widely available dongles on their laptops or surfing on their phones.

Dongles have been one of the brightest spots this year in the mobile segment and saw prices tumble while the number of offerings rose significantly.

All major mobile operators are offering free internet access in a number of their packages; Three mobile and T-Mobile offers free internet (with fair usage caps) as a £5 add-on while Vodafone, Orange and O2 have specific mobile packages with "unlimited" internet access.

At the time of writing, none of the secondary mobile operators (Virgin, Tesco Mobile or Fresh) are offering internet access on their mobile.

Steve Reynolds, chairman of the MDA. said: “There remain a number of challenges that mobile operators need to address to accelerate the growth of mobile internet. The MDA is calling for greater price transparency on the costs associated with [its use]. The findings of this report suggest a real consumer appetite, but confusion and fear over costs may be holding back growth."