Surveys by Yankee Group, a Boston research firm, show that only 13 percent of cellphone users in North America use their phones to surf the Web more than once a month, while 70 percent of computer users view Web sites every day.
“The user experience has been a disaster,” says Tony Davis, managing partner of Brightspark, a Toronto venture capital firm that has invested in two mobile Web companies.
While many phones have some form of Web access, most are hard to use â€” just finding a place to type in a Web address can be a challenge. And once you find it, most Web content doesnâ€™t look very good on cellphone screens.
An article in the New York Times cites recent surveys challenging the notion that smartphones are ready for primetime: