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For myself, I hate it. I tried it for a month free on my standard flip-phone (the kind you normally see on other peoples' belts, e.g., the norm) and never could get used to it. I could get used to the tiny screen, I suppose, but really, how quickly can you browse when you have to scroll through ALL the links on the page until you get to the one you need? And how fast can you write an e-mail or text message when you have to hit your '2' key three times to get the letter D? And am I the only one who finds the costs *really* outrageous?
I can understand some people using the Internet on their cell phones for certain important, occasional tasks if they don't have access to a computer. But for habitual use, I just don't get it - at least, not if you just have a "standard" phone. I guess some of the more expensive phones out now wouldn't be so bad, but I've never even seen one of those in actual use, so my guess is they have a long way to go before they're anywhere near mainstream...
So I guess my question is this: Is the Internet on the cell phone currently just a cool fad for nerds and geeks, or does it have real-world use for the average person?
Sounds like you've visited poorly-designed mobile sites, or maybe just visited "regular Web" sites using your mobile phone. Modern mobile sites have pages small enough to avoid excessive scrolling, and you can "click" on any link without scrolling by pressing the number or symbol key that precedes the link (done with the XHTML accesskey attribute on the <a> link tag).
It'll take awhile, but eventually people will realize that designing pages for mobile devices *does* require a significantly different approach than designing for 1024x768 or even for 640x480 desktops.
If I don't have access to the net any other way at the time, it has been a lifesaver...
(however I seem to be the minority on this subject...) :)
Internet on mobile phones is for those with keen eyesight and a knack for working in a 1.5" x 1.5" workspace. That's what I call micro-managing.
I can't do it. I don't want to do it either. I'm rarely away from my system for any period of time that would cause me to use my mobile phone. And even then, I'm going to take a laptop with me if I know I'll be in that position.
I hate the Internet on my cell phone.
I feel your pain...
I use my mobile phone for making phone calls only. Thats basically what it was designed for, nothing more.
I'm fortunate to be in Japan where phones are quite a bit ahead of anything I've ever seen in the US. I hardly ever use the phone for calls. I have a 3" screen that's a QVGA TFT LCD which shows 262,144 colors. My primary uses are mail, net surfing and music. I also use it occasionally for games. It has a 3 mega-pixel camera as well.
Net surfing is something I do every day on my phone. If you've got a decent screen it makes things a lot easier.